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The California Attorney General is suing 20 national restaurant chains, charging that the chains failed to warn patrons about high levels of mercury in some fish. When selling swordfish, tuna and shark, the state’s Proposition 65 law requires that restaurants and retailers post warnings about high levels of mercury and methylmercury, which are known carcinogens or reproductive toxins.

The chains include Landry's Restaurants, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Benihana, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants; Olive Garden Italian Restaurant; Outback Steakhouse; and P.F. Chang's China Bistro.

The Attorney General asked that the defendants be fined $2,500 a day for each infraction and permanently stopped from selling the fish until they post warning signs.
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