Resolution calls for increase to seafood inspections
A resolution co-sponsored by Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer urges the federal government to increase imported seafood inspections.
According to a press release from Meyer's office, the resolution is sponsored by Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser of Louisiana. It calls for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration to require lab certificates for imported seafood. The resolution would also charge an inspection fee.
"Alaska is truly enriched by its seafood industry — one of the state's largest industries," Meyer stated. "While we maintain our high standards of Alaskan seafood, a large market of foreign seafood that is not adequately inspected or tested remains."
Among the issues with foreign seafood, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser cites aquaculture facilities often use large amounts of antibiotics, adding to antibiotic resistance which he called, "one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development, today."
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