State moves to take action against mislabeling of fish

Panel weighs DNA testing, bar coding

State officials are considering the use of DNA testing to combat fish mislabeling, weighing a ban on the sale of escolar, and launching a pilot program in partnership with Legal Sea Foods to trace fish through the supply chain.

Leaders of various Massachusetts agencies disclosed these new efforts during a three-hour hearing on fish mislabeling held yesterday by the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.

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