A company based out of the Highland Park area of Chicago, Illinois, has pleaded guilty to intentionally mislabeling commercially sold shrimp.
Worldwide Shrimp, which sold shrimp under the brands Texas Supreme, Black Diamond, Shrimp King and Campeche Queen, received its shrimp from Mexican fishers but affixed "Product of the U.S.A." labels before selling. Prosecutors said both Worldwide Shrimp and Doran Seafood, the supplier, were well aware of this practice.
"Court documents say the company distributed shrimp to supermarkets, retail stores and other wholesale seafood providers throughout the United States," The Chicago Tribune reports. Worldwide Shrimp pleaded guilty to the conspiracy before U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey in New Orleans.
American fishing companies are typically held to stricter standards that govern sustainability when it comes to catching seafood, and as a result, some consumers prefer U.S. products. Mexican fishers have argued labeling practices are unfair, as they give American companies a leg up in the market.
For example, the World Trade Organization recently ruled for Mexican fishers in a case that said American companies couldn't label their tuna as being "dolphin friendly."