Dolce adopts mercury-testing program

The Dolce Group, which operates 13 trendy restaurants and nightclubs nationwide, on Monday announced it adopted the Safe Harbor mercury-testing program.

The program will be applied at Dolce's Geisha House, Bella Cucina and Ketchup restaurants in Hollywood, Calif. The locations will display a Safe Harbor logo on their menus, guaranteeing their guests that the seafood they order has been tested for mercury and meets stricter mercury standards than those set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

"Our restaurants are known as LA's hottest destination of the ultimate dining experience, including a reputation for quality service and food," said David Jarrett, Dolce VP. "Worrying about mercury isn't part of that experience - Safe Harbor will help ensure our clientele enjoy themselves, known the fish they're eating has been tested."

In late June, Fish Market tested Safe Harbor's system at its restaurants and retail stores. According to Aidan Coburn, the chain's director of seafood quality control, the Fish Market will test the program for three months at its Northern California locations, and, depending on the results, may roll it out in Southern California as well.

Safe Harbor was developed by Micro Analytical Systems (MASI) of San Rafael, Calif. In 2005, MASI unveiled mercury-testing equipment for seafood processors that provides results in usually less than a minute.

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