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Updated: 7/02/2013 8:02 pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Emily Thompson and her family enjoy lunch at one of their favorite Starkville restaurants.

Catfish is the order of the day for more than one member.

"When we come back to visit in Mississippi, we want Mississippi Farm raised catfish," Mardi Hasson said.

That's exactly what they get at their restaurant of choice. 

Clearly labeled on the wall and on the menu is the country of origin for their catfish. The sign is prominently displayed.

Beginning this month, Mississippi law requires such information to be displayed where catfish-like species are on the menu.

Lawmakers have made changes in Mississippi's Catfish Marketing Law that requires menus to contain a statement of the country of origin and the method of production.

"When I go to the grocery, I'm looking to see the country of origin which has to be labeled-the country or origin and the good thing about catfish now, it also has to be labeled," Thompson said.

"They can fool you, so I think labeling is going to be everything that restaurants and other places that sell catfish. They have it posted. If it's something else, you have to call an ace and ace and a spade a spade," Little Dooey's Manager Bart Wood said.

Catfish farm manager Rocky Craft says more requirements for labeling can only help.

He says it's been tough for Mississippi's catfish farmers who have been forced to compete with low-cost fish shipped in from China and Vietnam.

"Kind of rode our coat tails as far as advertising marketing. They were calling it catfish. They shipped it in cheap. We had to compete with that."

The law also applies to cafeterias, food stands, bars, snack bars and delis and other facilities where food is sold to the public.
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