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FDA Orders Seafood Seizure

U.S. Marshals on Wednesday, acting at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and under the authority of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, seized seafood products manufactured by the Meiko Food Co. of South El Monte, CA.

In a news release, the FDA said the company, which prepares and packages ready-to-eat seafood, including seafood balls and fried fish cakes, had been sent a warning letter on Nov. 3, 2010 regarding its lack of a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan, a violation of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

FDA’s HACCP regulations require commercial fish processors to analyze potential food safety hazards and then identify and develop preventive measures to control those hazards.

FDA said a subsequent inspection conducted between April and May 2011 revealed that the firm did not correct the problems cited in the November warning letter, including significant HACCP deviations.

There were no reported illnesses associated with Meiko Foods products.

“Meiko Foods cannot continue to ignore FDA warnings,” said Dara A. Corrigan, the FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs, in the news release.  “A HACCP plan is an important tool ensuring that a company is taking proactive steps to protect the public’s health and reduce foodborne outbreaks.  By taking this action today, FDA is demonstrating its commitment to making sure that food producers are protecting the public health from the dangers of adulterated food products.”

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