Senate approves seafood amendments to Farm bill

Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2002

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Senate unanimously approved three amendments to the Farm Bill, which were authored by Sen. Ted Stevens and aimed at helping Alaska's commercial fishing industry.

The Farm Bill passed the Senate Wednesday and now must be reconciled with the House version of the bill.

The first amendment requires that seafood be labeled with its country of origin and provide information on whether the product is farm-raised or caught in the wild. In the case of wild salmon, the state of origin must be included. Stevens said the measure will help consumers make better-informed decisions about the seafood they eat.

The second amendment would make wild seafood eligible for an organic product promotion effort.

The third measure calls on the Secretary of Agriculture to report to Congress on efforts to expand the marketing and purchase of canned salmon within the department's food and nutrition programs.

Stevens said using up existing inventories of canned salmon is critical to Alaska's salmon industry.

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