Restaurants cited for violating Louisiana seafood label law

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than 150 Louisiana restaurants have been cited for not disclosing to customers they were selling imported rather than domestic seafood.

The citations from the Louisiana Department of Health stem from a new law requiring food establishments 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.

The Advocate reports half the violations identified by the health department were found at restaurants across southeastern Louisiana from Baton Rouge to New Orleans.

More than a dozen restaurants in the Lake Charles area were cited. Other cities with violators included Bossier City and Shreveport.

No fines are associated with the citations.

Health inspections can be searched by food establishment, not type of violation, on the state’s website.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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