Columbia, SC (WLTX)-Chefs and restaurant owners are pushing for congress to require seafood traceability and prevent fraud.
One of those chefs is Tim Peters, executive chef at Motor Supply Company on Gervais street in downtown Columbia.
"We spend a lot of money on seafood everyday," said Tim.
Peters takes pride in the food being served at the restaurant and wants to make sure his customers are getting exactly what they are ordering. He says seafood fraud is more common than people may think.
"It is problematic because if you are buying a grouper sandwich for $8.50, the fish is probably not grouper, chances are it is something else," Peters said. "You don't know what you are getting and you have no idea where it came from. Grouper is $17 dollars a pound, so you can imagine what you are getting if you are only paying a fraction of that."
The bill lays out a need for Congress to toughen laws on tracking fish overseas, harsher criminal penalties, and create a website that allows consumers to track the fish and find out information about the seller.
The Safety and Fraud Enforcement for Seafood Act is currently in committee and will have to pass the House and Senate before being signed into Law by President Obama.