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Bellingham Processor Guilty of Mislabeling Salmon

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - A Bellingham fish processor has pleaded guilty to a federal charge that he sold cheaper coho salmon labeled as chinook salmon. In a plea agreement filed in federal court in Seattle this month, Douglas Jay admits that he told employees to use cheaper coho salmon to fill customer orders for chinook. Jay owns Swiftsure Foods, which operates a seafood processing facility in Bellingham.

The Bellingham Herald reports labeling the fish as chinook salmon enabled Jay's company to fetch an extra $2 to $2.50 a pound.

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