Massachusetts consumers may soon get reassurance that the fish they order in restaurants is actually what ends up on their plates.
A State House hearing on food safety on Tuesday included discussion about a bill that would fine supermarkets and restaurants that mislabel certain seafoods and ban the sale of escolar, an oily species that is often sold under a different name in sushi restaurants.
The Joint Committee on Public Health hearing came after more than two years of reporting by The Boston Globe that revealed widespread mislabeling of fish in restaurants.
Less expensive fish was routinely substituted for more desirable and costly species.
A year after the newspaper’s initial investigation, a follow-up report found that most of the restaurants were still serving mislabeled fish.
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