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Mass. Eyes Stiff Penalties for Seafood Fraud: Report

BOSTON — Massachusetts legislators are expected to file a bill today that would impose stiff penalties for seafood fraud at restaurants and supermarkets, according to the Boston Globe.

Businesses that mislabel seafood could be fined up to $800, and repeat offenders might have their operating licenses suspended or revoked.

The bill would also ban establishments from selling escobar, with a minimum fine of $400 or license suspension for first-time offenders. Escobar is often substituted for more expensive white tuna or albacore, according to the Globe.

More news: Something Fishy: Seafood Fraud

A Globe investigation in 2011 and follow-up in late 2012 found that widespread seafood mislabeling continues to be a problem in Massachusetts.

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