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CHARLESTON, S.C. - Wild American Shrimp Inc. here, in collaboration with Applied Food Technologies, LLC, said it has developed DNA-based testing for brown, pink, and white domestic shrimp varieties. The test, the first of its kind for shrimp, allows for authentic verification that a product sold as a domestic shrimp product is indeed domestic.
"We put a priority on this type of research for a reason," said Eddie Gordon, executive director of WASI. "Within the larger seafood industry, specifically with fish and crab, the unscrupulous practice of replacing, or mixing in, cheaper, inferior, sometimes farmed seafood, for authentic wild-caught seafood has been clearly documented. We do not want that to happen to Wild American shrimp."
WASI funded the research and development of the DNA-based test.
Additional DNA -based testing of the other shrimp varieties is expected later in the year.