A bill is on its way to the Louisiana House of Representatives that would mandate restaurants display signage disclosing whether their crawfish or shrimp came from a country outside the United States.
This comes after a well-known shrimper from Grand Isle is upset over vendors who he says are using his “Cajun Culture” to sell their foreign-harvested seafood.
Off the interstate in Breaux Bridge at Crazy ‘Bout Crawfish Cajun Cafe, they buy their seafood locally.
Owner Megan Buckner, says, “We keep everything local. If we try to step out a different country or anything, the locals will tear us up. They know the difference and they want the best, and the best is usually getting it local.”
House Bill 335 by Representative Jerry Gisclair would require food service establishments serving imported crawfish or shrimp to inform patrons that the seafood is of foreign origin.
In the Health and Welfare Committee meeting, Representative Gisclair explained, “Let the patrons know exactly what they are consuming. I think as Louisianaians, we should have the right to know what foods we are consuming when we go to a restaurant.”
Dean Blanchard, a shrimper from Grand Isle added, “The restaurants are really committing fraud on their customers. They’re using our Cajun Culture to sell these antibiotic shrimp.”
Blanchard’s speech won over the lawmakers. It will now move on to the Louisiana House of Representatives for another vote.
Buckner said, “I think it’s a really good idea. It lets the locals around here know that we are getting it local, and they can trust us that this is from our city, from our town, from our community, and from Acadiana. It’s great news to me.”
Crazy ‘Bout Crawfish Cajun Cafe has it displayed on their menu that the seafood they sell is local.