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US: Alabama Senate to consider seafood labeling bill

Published Mar 30, 2024

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Alabama is considering a bill, introduced by State Representative Chip Brown, that mandates restaurants and grocery store delis to disclose the country of origin and whether seafood is wild-caught or farm-raised. This legislation aims to bolster the local seafood industry and enhance consumer awareness about their seafood choices. Having passed an amendment and approval by the Senate Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry Committee, the bill is now advancing to the full Senate for further consideration. Bayou La Batre Mayor Henry Barnes supports the bill but calls for additional measures to address the adverse effects of imported shrimp on the local market. This initiative is inspired by a similar, albeit challenging to enforce, law in Louisiana.
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Legislators in Alabama are considering a bill that would require restaurants and grocery store delis in the U.S. state to display country-of-origin information.Introduced by State Representative Chip Brown (R-Hollinger’s Island), the legislation would force Alabama businesses selling seafood to notify customers where their products originated and whether it is wild-caught or farm-raised. The Alabama State Department of Public Health would be tasked with enforcing the new requirements.“The seafood industry is essential to the economy throughout Alabama’s Gulf Coast region, and with foreign-caught products flooding the U.S. market, we must take every step to both support it and protect it,” Brown told the Alabama Daily News. “By requiring disclosure of the country of origin for seafood, we can encourage the use of products caught in Alabama while ensuring that consumers are better informed about the food they consume.”On 20 March, the Alabama Senate Agriculture, Conservation, and ...
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