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Seafood firms sued for not labeling chemicals

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SACRAMENTO >> California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued five seafood companies Tuesday, alleging they have sold fish that contains lead and cadmium in the state without legally required warnings.

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

The suit said 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 including Clearwater Seafoods, Rhee Bros., Seaquest Seafood Corp., Jayone Foods and Pacific American Fish Co..

Email messages left with the companies seeking comment were not immediatel­y returned.

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