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A 2011 Globe investigation found widespread seafood mislabeling at Massachusetts stores and restaurants. A 2012 follow-up investigation found not much has changed.

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Accountability lost in murky fish supply chain

Almost every morning, a blue-and-white truck pulls up to The Union Oyster House near Faneuil Hall to drop off small coolers brimming with cod fillets packed on ice. Cod is king at the country’s oldest restaurant — where more than 7,000 diners a year order what the menu describes as freshly-caught New England fish. But the cod brought to tables, and supplied by Boston-based North Coast Seafoods, is not always the local product restaurant executives say they pay for. DNA tests commissioned by the Globe showed it to be Pacific cod, which is usually much cheaper — and to many palates, less tasty.

Pacific and Atlantic cod look similar, but the Atlantic species (right) can cost $4more per pound.

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Many Mass. restaurants still serve mislabeled fish

A year after a Globe investigation revealed widespread fish mislabeling, a new round of DNA testing shows that the problem still exists.

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Legislation would impose fines on places that mislabel seafood and make Mass. the first state to ban escolar, known as the “ex-lax” fish.