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California sues seafood companies over alleged lead, cadmium

California Seafood Lawsuit
Posted at 7:35 PM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 22:35:52-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is suing five seafood companies, alleging they have sold fish that contains lead and cadmium in the state without legally required warnings.

The state's lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges the companies violated Proposition 65, which prohibits exposing consumers to chemicals that could cause cancer or reproductive problems without clear warnings.

The suit says the California Department of Justice found unacceptable levels of lead or cadmium in fresh and frozen clams, cuttlefish, eel, octopus, oysters, periwinkle and sea squirt.

The defendants named in the suit are importers, distributors and wholesalers of seafood.