For all of you catfish lovers out there, the House passed HB 473 late in the day today which will require food service establishments to display where the catfish they are serving originated.
With growing public concerns over the safety of foreign foods coming into the United States, this bill will give further protection and information to the consumer.
It was pointed out on the House floor that China in particular has been dumping catfish onto our market and portraying them as farm-raised. The Chinese safety standards for catfish are drastically lower from our own standards.
HB 473 must still pass the Senate before going to the Governor’s desk.