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Are Diners Eating Maryland Crabs or Imports?

A Montgomery County delegate has introduced a bill that would require Maryland markets and restaurants to label fish by their common names and list country of origin.

A Montgomery County delegate has introduced a bill that would require markets and restaurants to label fish by their common names and list country of origin. File|Patch
A Montgomery County delegate has introduced a bill that would require markets and restaurants to label fish by their common names and list country of origin. File|Patch

When is a crab not a crab? Perhaps when it is imported to Maryland from another state or country.

Del. Eric Luedtke of Montgomery County has introduced a bill that would require markets and restaurants to identify the state or country of origin of their crabs, reports WTOP. He says Maryland diners will pay top dollar for local crabmeat.

"We believe that if you go into a restaurant, you should know if the crab meat you're ordering is from Maryland or from somewhere else," Luedtke says.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says while much of the crab eaten by Americans is wild-caught in U.S. waters, but the United States also imports everything from whole crabs to crab meat from Canada, Asia and South America, says WTOP.

Luedtke's bill would prohibit restaurants and markets from knowingly misidentifying fish species and require them to clearly label fish by their common names.

Polly February 07, 2014 at 08:43 AM
Personally, I love this bill. As a lifelong Maryland resident and huge blue crab fan, we need this bill. In the grand scheme of things it may not be as important but, doesn't render it unimportant. As an aside, several years ago there was a Maryland couple that used to sell their crab cakes on QVC. When they first came out I bought a sizeable bag of them and they were to die for. Some time later they were a special on QVC and I bought another bag. I knew right away they were not at all the same quality blue crab they had before. But, maybe it was me, so I tried one more time and then I KNEW they weren't blue crabs. I then noticed they were now called "Maryland Style" crab cakes. A little more searching and I learned they were using crab meat from Asia!!! Talk about bait and switch. I was livid as were many others from QVC who, like me left comments about the taste, quality and deception of this mom & pop operation in Maryland. Since then I've learned to ask first and as far as I can tell I haven't been duped like that again.
Shaka Zulu February 07, 2014 at 01:40 PM
I agree with Polly, but I would take a little bit farther and just stop importing crabs from any other nation, as we should with millions of different things, you know why America is declining so fast? We import all the things we used to make! i.e. cars, TVs, washing machines etc... You cant even buy a Harley or a Chevrolet in Japan or China!!!!

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