FDA Targets Seafood Distributor

WASHINGTON (January 13, 2010)—Congressional Seafood Company Inc. has been ordered to stop processing and distributing fish and seafood. They sell shellfish and other seafood to restaurants in the Washington and Baltimore markets.

The Food and Drug Administration says the company, based in Jessup, Md., is not compliant with federal food safety laws. Specifically, it accuses the company of failing to document that fish were appropriately refrigerated, not following cross-contamination procedures and failing to meet sanitation standards.

A U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland approved a consent decree Jan. 8 requires the company to have sanitation plans submitted by an independent expert and approved by the FDA.

According to their website, Congressional Seafood, in business since 1996, distributes to more than 200 hotels and restaurants, hotels and retailers in the D.C. and Baltimore area.


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