Where Ya Got Dem Shrimp

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By: Jeremy Alford

If a diner asks, restaurants would have to reveal the origin of their crawfish and shrimp under a bill approved by the House last week. Rep. Fred Mills, D-St. Martinville, handed out “Ask Before You Eat” buttons on the House floor before his colleagues approved his House Bill 266. “It’s time we start asking what we eat,” he says.

Restaurant owners and employees would have to be honest in verbal exchanges as well as on any signs or menus. Eateries can voluntarily post signs, alter their menus or advertise that they offer Louisiana crawfish or shrimp, but if they lie they face stiff penalties under Mills’ legislation. Lawmakers removed the threat of jail from the bill, but violators would still face a $50 fine for the first offense and a $250 penalty for the second. Subsequent fines would be $500 each. The bill now heads to the Senate.

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