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Mass. gets serious about seafood fraud (archive) #Seafood #DNA #SupplyChain

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By James Wright, SeaFood Business associate editor

12 January, 2012 - Editor’s note: On Wednesday, SeaFood Business Senior Editor James Wright attended a public hearing on seafood fraud held by the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.

The Massachusetts legislature on Wednesday for the first time was tasked with addressing the issue of mislabeled seafood products sold in the state. The state is considering using DNA technology as part of its oversight to assure that seafood being sold in retail outlets and restaurants is what is being advertised.

A public hearing was held at the State House in Boston, just a few months after the city’s largest newspaper, the Boston Globe, published a two-part, front-page exposé on seafood fraud in which a number restaurants were found through DNA testing to have substituted less expensive fish species for more expensive ones.

“[The story] touched a nerve,” said state Sen. Thomas P. Kennedy, co-chair of the state’s Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, which heard from food and health.... http://www.seafoodsource.com/newsarticledetail.aspx?id=13660

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