Enforcement of Louisiana shrimp and crawfish disclosure law to start soon

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This Nov. 30, 2015 photo shows chili jumbo shrimp in Concord, N.H. This Indo-Chinese dish, made with bird’s eye chilies, soy sauce, ginger and garlic, can be cooked in a matter of minutes. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s health department will soon start enforcing a new law requiring restaurants to tell customers if they sell imported shrimp or crawfish.

The agency says it will check for compliance with the notification requirement beginning Sept. 1.

Restaurants have to post information about imported crawfish or shrimp on menus. If they don’t use menus, they have to post signs at their main entrances.

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Lawmakers unanimously backed the requirement earlier this year, and Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the measure into law.

The law, sponsored by Lafourche Parish Rep. Jerry “Truck” Gisclair, had strong backing from Louisiana’s seafood industry, which has criticized foreign imports. Gisclair said too little testing is done on seafood entering the United States.

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