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Casinos to Use Domestic Catfish

Casinos to Use Domestic Catfish

Harrah’s Entertainment and MGM Mirage Inc. last month signed a multimillion-dollar deal with the Catfish Farmers of America to purchase only domestic, farm-raised catfish for their Mississippi casinos.

The world’s two largest casino companies are following the lead of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in supporting domestic catfish suppliers who have been battling imports of fish from Asia. The federal government recently announced it will buy millions of dollars worth of domestic catfish for school lunches and other programs.

MGM Mirage owns two Mississippi casinos, the Beau Rivage in Biloxi and the Gold Strike in Tunica. Harrah’s owns three casinos in Tunica and one in Biloxi. The casinos will purchase catfish from Mississippi catfish farmers.

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