The Daily Leader, 3/17/8

District 39 Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith has been at the center of a country of origin catfish labeling bill designed to give consumers more information about what they’re eating.

The bill has passed out of Hyde-Smith’s Agriculture Committee and has been sent to the Public Health Committee.

“The bill would require restaurants in Mississippi to indicate on a placard whether or not they serve farm-raised U.S. catfish,” said Hyde-Smith, D-Brookhaven.

Hyde-Smith said representatives from the restaurant industry have recommended that only restaurants serving foreign catfish should be required to display the placard.