Report | October, 2013
Chefs and Restaurant Owners Call on Congress to Require Seafood Traceability and Prevent Fraud
More than 450 chefs, restaurant owners and culinary leaders, representing nearly all 50 states, came together with Oceana to call on Congress to pass the Safety and Fraud Enforcement for Seafood (SAFE Seafood) Act.
The letter, which is signed by top chefs like José Andrés, Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud, Anthony Bourdain, Jacques Pepin, Eric Ripert, Barton Seaver, Michael Symon and Alice Waters, lays out the need for Congress to require traceability for all seafood sold in the U.S. This letter follows a similar one released exactly one year ago today that 500 chefs and restaurant owners signed to support traceability to help stop seafood fraud. This updated letter is the first one to specifically call for the passage of the SAFE Seafood Act.
In the letter, the chefs say they “are committed to serving seafood that protects our oceans, our wallets and our health,” and that “we should be able to tell our customers, without question, what they are eating as well as where, when and how it was caught.”
To join the call for the SAFE Seafood Act, chefs and culinary industry leaders should sign on at http://act.oceana.org/sign/ChefsforSAFE/.