Group raises concerns about mislabeled foreign fish
Chris Miller Reporting
Do you know where that seafood you're eating came from? A catfish industry group says that despite labeling laws, a lot of foreign species are making their way on to local menus as catfish.
Most of these fish come from southeast Asia, according to Jeff McCord of The Catfish Institute.
"Most often, Vietnamese catfish-like species, known as basa, tra, and swai, are offered on restaurant menus as catfish," McCord said. "Only an American species of channel catfish may be labeled as catfish for any marketing purpose, including on menus."
McCord says Louisiana is doing what it can to enforce the law, but resources are often limited.
"It's difficult. State governments have budget constraints, as we all know," he said. "Imported seafood accounts for about 90 percent of the seafood Americans eat, so it's a hard problem."
McCord says limited enforcement resources are allowing some retailers to get away with the misrepresentation.