Foodie Fact Check: Who Regulates Smoked Salmon?

IStock_000004304074XSmall Even if you missed the live broadcast of President Obama's State of the Union remarks last night, by now you have probably heard the soundbite of his smoked salmon joke.

Using the regulation of the salmon industry as an example of bureaucratic overlap, President Obama noted the dual jursidiction of the Interior and Commerce Department over salmon fishing and then riffed, "I hear it gets even more complicated once they’re smoked."

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