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Louisiana seafood gets special certification

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BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Seafood tagged its first package of "Certified Authentic Louisiana Wild Seafood" today. It's a brand that's intended to ensure consumers they're getting the best product available.

The "Vermillion Bay Sweet White Shrimp" got the honor of being the first to be labeled authentic.

"Our shrimp just have a different flavor here as compared to Texas or Florida or Alabama, so we want to be able to market that, use that as a marketing tool to say, 'You want the best shrimp? We've got them right here in Louisiana and we can prove it to you,'" said Thomas Hymel with LSU's Direct Seafood Marketing.

The shrimp come frozen in a special package that allows chefs and home cooks to use the top-notch product whenever they'd like.

"Louisiana has some of the best seafood, nationwide, worldwide. Local is always better, and Louisiana products for me taste better, taste sweet, taste authentic, it has a better flavor," said Chef Colt Patin with the Louisiana Culinary Institute.

The brand is only available to seafood that is caught, processed and packaged in Louisiana.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will enforce the certification to make sure all products with the seal meet the high quality standards.

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