Plump, juicy scallops are one of the most popular seafoods in the United States, with millions sold annually at prices that can top $15 a pound. But consumers routinely pay for excess water when they buy the shellfish, according to a Globe investigation of moisture content in scallops collected from 21 Massachusetts supermarkets. Some scallops sold as all natural — meaning they were not processed with preservatives or other additives — contained water levels far exceeding industry standards.
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