FDA takes action against Minnesota seafood processor


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
February 24, 2009

At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. District Court in Minnesota late last week ordered a permanent injunction against Minneapolis seafood processor Captain's Select Seafood and its owners, Carolyn and William Young.
The FDA's action follows the company's extensive history of violating the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C) and  Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) regulations.
From 2004 to 2008 the company's HACCP plan did not comply with FDA regulations. The court said failure to have a compliant HACCP plan violated the FD&C by handling food in a manner that rendered it adulterated.
"While there are no reported illnesses associated with consuming Captain's Select Seafood products, we cannot allow a company to put the public's health at risk by not having adequate procedures and plans to produce safe food," said Michael Chappell, the FDA's acting associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. "The FDA will take action against companies and against their executives who violate the law and endanger public health."
The order requires that either the FDA or a federal district court must approve the company's HACCP plan before it can resume operating any food-supply business, or any food-related business involving seafood.

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