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I saw this on the news and I remember a couple of threads discussing this topic.



Fake Grouper in Restaurants </TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; FONT-SIZE: 9pt; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" align=left>Restaurant customers in Fla. are being served fake grouper </TD></TR><TR><TD class=story_date_label style="PADDING-TOP: 5px">Last Edited: Thursday, 03 Jan 2008, 3:57 PM CST </TD></TR><TR><TD class=story_date_label>Created: Thursday, 03 Jan 2008, 3:57 PM CST </TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-TOP: 5px"><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TD id=story_image>
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Many Florida restaurants may be serving fake grouper.

Fake grouper is by far the biggest food-misrepresentation problem Florida inspectors handle. Many restaurants have been caught passing off Asian catfish, tilapia or other cheaper species as grouper.

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation regulates restaurants. It found 139 cases of something other than grouper being sold as the fish between January 2006 and the end of last October - more than half of all food misrepresentation cases statewide during that time. The runners-up were 75 cases of fake crab and 34 cases of fake tuna.

The problem has gone on for years but is receiving more attention lately.

Department Secretary Holly Benson says the agency has doubled the fine for restaurants from $250 to $500 for a first offense.

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Many years ago a bunch of us salesmen were having a friday lunch at Hooters.:sick A friend of mine asked what is the Grouper Cousin fish on their menu. She said it was ruby fish. I asked was that a ruby redlips and she said YES.:sick:sick

I hope she was wrong. None of us ordered the fish.
 
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