FDA warns US seafood processors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently warned two seafood processors about not following seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) protocol at their facilities.

In a letter to Southern Aire Seafood in Irvington, Alabama, the FDA said the wholesaler and restaurant had “serious violations” HACCP and the Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) for food.

Southern Aire did not monitor prevention of cross-contamination from insanitary objects and exclusion of pests with sufficient frequency. For example, an employee was observed handling an unwashed door handle and then contacting cooked crab and ice without washing his hands.

In addition, its fresh-picked crab meat is not being cooked for as long as necessary.

FDA also said Bao International in La Canada, California, had serious violations of HACCP because it failed to provide the certificate specific to the lot for its Frozen Breaded Squid Ring and Tentacles and Frozen Seafood Mix, according to the FDA.

“Based on the review of the documents you provided, your fish and fishery products continue to be adulterated,” the agency wrote in a warning letter to Bao.


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