Do Restaurants in Your State Disclose Where Shrimp Are From?

December 7, 2020

Louisiana Disclosure Law Enters Implementation Phase

According to the Louisiana Lieutenant Governor’s office, the state had 51.3 million visitors in 2018. Combined with Louisiana’s 4.6 million residents, that’s over 55 million people who will likely eat out at least once this year in a Louisiana restaurant.

Thanks to the passing of Louisiana House Bill 335 – requiring restaurants to disclose if they are serving foreign, imported shrimp (as opposed to wild-caught, U.S. domestic shrimp) – these restaurant patrons will now know where those shrimp are from.

In late May 2019, ASPA reported about the passing of Louisiana House Bill 335 and our involvement. The bill requires restaurants to make the required disclosure directly on their menu, or with a paper clip addition to the menu.

Those who do not use a menu will have to display a prominent sign with the same information near the entrance. The Louisiana Department of Health will enforce the provisions of the bill through its foodservice health inspection programs.

The law went into effect immediately, and Louisiana restaurant patrons are now the beneficiaries. In this linked article in the Baton Rouge Business Report, ASPA’s own Dr. David Veal talked about how little imported seafood is inspected for banned chemicals and antibiotics and that there is talk that it could be a model for other states to follow.

What is YOUR state doing to make sure you know where the shrimp you eat in restaurants are from?

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