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Labelling Brings Hope to US Crawfish Farmers

US - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is enforcing a new rule that requires that shellfish and meats be clearly labeled with information that tells the consumer where the product came from.

"We're tired of unscrupulous people in the industry playing an ugly shell game, sometimes a dangerous one," Stephen Minvielle of New Iberia, director of the Louisiana Crawfish Farmers Association, told Daily World.

According to the news organisation, crawfish have a shelf life of about 18 months if produced properly, he said. Some imports are three to five years old.

"The only way to do that is with antibiotics," Minvielle said.

The federal law, called Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), goes into law March 16 and requires that it be stated on the label of crawfish the country where the crawfish came from.

the Fish Site Editor

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