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Mississippi will start labeling out-of-country catfish-like fish

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signs the revised Country of Origin Labeling bill into law at a ceremony March 19, 2013 Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signs the revised Country of Origin Labeling bill into law at a ceremony March 19, 2013

JACKSON, Ms., (KNOE 8 News) - Earlier this month, Mississippi amended its catfish Country of Origin Labeling law to require restaurants to also identify the origin of catfish-like pangasius (also sold as basa, tra and swai) served to customers.  The legislature unanimously approved the measure to give restaurant patrons the power to decide for themselves if they wish to eat the cheaper, but often tainted, imports.

Vietnam is the world's largest producer of pangasius.  Although the FDA tests less than one-percent of imported seafood, it consistently finds serious violations in pangasius imports.  Of the 17 pangasius shipments subject to FDA import refusal actions last year, six had residues of both the carcinogen nitrofuran and illegal and potentially harmful veterinarian drugs, which are banned in the United States.  Salmonella was found in ten shipments, and one shipment was refused for being "filthy."

 
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