Did you ever wonder if a restaurant’s crabcake was made with Maryland crab or some foreign import? Or if that was really red snapper you bought, or an impostor?
A bill introduced Wednesday in Annapolis would make it illegal for restaurants or markets to mislabel the seafood they sell, and moreover would require them to specify where their crabmeat came from.
“If I go to a restaurant and order a ‘Maryland-style’ crabcake, I’d like to know if it’s made with Venezuelan crabmeat,” said Del. Eric G. Luedtke, the bill’s sponsor.
Luedtke, a Montgomery County Democrat, said investigations have found a significant share of seafood sold in restaurants is mislabeled. Such bait-and-switch winds up costing consumers more, he said, and sometimes can even have health consequences.
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