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TORRANCE DAILY BREEZE: State Senate Health Committee approves Lieu's seafood labeling bill
April 27, 2012
By Art Marroquin Staff Writerdailybreeze.com
The state Senate's Health Committee this week approved a seafood labeling bill proposed by state Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Redondo Beach.
If signed into law, Senate Bill 1486 would require retail-food outlets with 19 or more outlets to identify the specific type of seafood being sold, where it was caught and whether it was farm-raised or wild.
Violators would face civil fines of up to $2,500. Lieu's measure now faces fiscal review.
The Health Committee's approval came one week after the nonprofit environmental group Oceana released a study that found more than half of the seafood sold in Los Angeles is incorrectly labeled.
"As our food supply becomes more global, it is more important than ever to give consumers accurate information about the seafood they eat," Lieu said. "Our health may depend on it."
- Art Marroquin