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Markey amends bill to combat seafood fraud

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Representative Edward J. Markey introduced a new version of a bill Wednesday to combat seafood fraud by tracking fish from a boat to a diner’s plate. Markey amended earlier legislation he filed in July to reflect input from federal agencies, fishermen, and consumer and conservation groups. The new bill would require information already collected by fishermen, such as species name, catch location, and harvest method, to be made available to consumers and would require imported fish to have equivalent documentation. It also would expand the ability of the Food and Drug Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to refuse entry of unsafe or fraudulent seafood shipments.