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Shrimp continues to be mislabeled


A new study, by the advocacy group Oceana, shows a misrepresentation of shrimp across the United States.  The report used DNA testing to examine 143 shrimp products and found that 30-percent were falsely labeled in 111 grocery stores and restaurants.
 


 
Louisiana Shrimp Association President Clint Guidry says that 90% of the shrimp eaten in the US is imported.
 
"Louisiana supplies about 5 to 6% of the remaining 10%.  So the odds are, if you go to a major restaurant chain, that you're going to be eatin imported shrimp."

The most common substitution found in the study was farmed whiteleg shrimp being sold as "wild" and "Gulf" shrimp.  Guidry says there are laws requiring "Country of Origin" labeling of seafood products for stores, but the laws do not extend down to the restaurant level.  He says there are loopholes in the law.

"If a processor of imported shrimp in this country, it's three steps:  you can peel it, devein it, batter it and put breading on it, it then becomes essentially domestic.  It's a product of the USA.  And that qualifies under the "Country of Origin" labeling law."

Guidry says it is frustrating that so much shrimp and other seafood is mislabeled.  He says the government needs to take action on this issue.

"A lot of our issues with the domestic shrimp industry are not having to pass any new laws, they're just getting the federal government to enforce the laws that are already on the books." 
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LSP: Two children killed while walking to school in Breaux Bridge


Two children were killed and a third child was seriously injured while walking to school this morning in the St. Martin Parish town of Breaux Bridge. State Police trooper Jared Sandifer says for an unknown reason a vehicle ran off the road, striking three children who were on their way to school. 


"Unfortunately, as a result of that two of those children were killed and one of them is at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge," Sandifer said. 
 
The deadly crash took place on a residential street in Breaux Bridge. Sandifer says it was a pick-up truck that hit the children and they are not sure what happened. 
 
"For unknown reasons ran off the roadway, striking those children," Sandifer said. "The vehicle actually continued traveling away from the scene, the driver was stopped by Breaux Bridge PD and placed into custody."
 
Sandifer says it's still an active investigation and impairment is suspected on the driver's part. 
 
"We're all still trying to put this information together...we owe it to the families to determine what exactly happened in this situation."   
 
 
 
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DHH bans another synthetic marijuana compound


Michelle Southern reporting.
The Department of Health and Hospitals says the state has banned another compound that is used in synthetic marijuana. They say the designer drug, sold under the names "Mojo" and "Spice," has been blamed for the hospitalization of more than 125 residents in the Baton Rouge area since October 3rd.


"This compound, MAB-CHMINACA, has been seen in very large numbers in the Baton Rouge area, and really hasn't been seen anywhere else in the United States yet," says Louisiana Posoin Control Director Mark Ryan.

Gov. Bobby Jindal said in a statement that law enforcement in Louisiana will stop at nothing to protect the people here and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law anyone who is selling these drugs. Ryan says "MAB-CHMINACA" is a very new drug that's putting some users in the intensive care unit.

Ryan says these synthetic drugs are in no way natural or safe and they are specifically designed to be abused.

"They've never been tested, so you're playing a very dangerous game when you use these things," said Ryan.
 
 

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