Fake Grouper Probe Nets Florida Capitol Restaurant

Investigators say the grouper sandwiches served at Eatz Capitol Cafe in the basement of the state Capitol were actually made with a cheap Asian catfish called pongo.

The news was especially disturbing to State Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson. His agency regulates seafood dealers and his office is right next door.

"The Capitol is not unlike anybody else. They can buy it from other people and they may be being told it's a type of grouper or whatever, but it's really not."

Bronson’s office received a tip about imitation grouper at the cafe and samples were sent to a state lab.

DNA testing revealed the sandwiches were made with pongo, which costs about $2 to $3 bucks a pound wholesale.

Real grouper goes for about $10 a pound.


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