BATON ROUGE, LA (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44)- To date, the Louisiana Department of Health has noted 102 restaurants in violation of the seafood label law.
For Elvondae Raybon, owner of the Pit-N-Peel restaurant, the most important step of seafood preparation is where you get it.
“My establishment was created off being fresh local cuisine,” Raybon said.
He says the best way to ensure that the seafood he uses is fresh and safe to eat is to make sure he buys it from local farmers. And he’s not the only one with that idea.
“The texture of domestic versus wild product has a distinct difference. And the people that grew up here eating in the bayous can definitely tell.”
To keep Louisiana seafood lovers safe and happy with the food they eat, the state issued a seafood label law, that requires all Louisiana restaurant owners and seafood shops to disclose exactly where their seafood comes from. It went into an effect in early September, and since then the Department of Health has cited 102 violations.
“These are non-critical violations. The intent of the law was not to cite someone for a violation that could harm anybody’s health. It’s just simply that they’re labeled so the consumers can tell where it’s coming from,” said Bob Johannessen.
Bob Johannessen a spokesperson for the department of health says that even though these violations don’t pose a direct health risk, it’s still important to put seafood labels on display. Any restaurants or shops that don’t comply will be in violation of the state’s sanitary code.
You learn more about the law down below: