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Law requiring labeling of imported seafood now in effect for Louisiana

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Posted at 7:11 PM, Sep 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-02 20:11:31-04

A law requiring restaurants to inform customers of the origins of their seafood is now in effect in Louisiana.

The law,which was signed in June by Governor John Bel Edwards requires the labeling on menus and other signage of whether seafood, namely shrimp and crawfish, served in Louisiana restaurants is of foreign origin.

The Louisiana Department of Health says it will enforce the law.

According to the Advocate, the legislation gave restaurants until September 1 to change their menus to disclose the use of imported shrimp or crawfish.

If changes are not made at locations using imported seafood, that restaurant will be considered in violation of the state's sanitary code.

The Advocate reports that inspectors will be checking and citing any disclosure violations during normal visits.

To read how the new law is impacting some restaurants in Louisiana, click here.