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U.S. announces consent decree against Sullivan Harbor over alleged adulterated seafood

By Mark Iandolo | Feb 18, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) — The Department of Justice has announced the U.S. District Court of Maine has entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against Mill Stream Corporation, which does business as Sullivan Harbor Farms, and its owner, Ira J. (Joel) Frantzman, to prevent distribution of alleged adulterated seafood.

Allegations against the seafood company, based in Hancock, Maine, state that it distributes adulterated products. These products, according to allegations, are made in unsanitary conditions, allowing the products to be contaminated with filth.

The department filed a complaint because of a request made by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“The failure to plan for and control the presence of bacteria and neurotoxins commonly found in seafood-processing facilities can pose a significant risk to the public health,” said principal deputy assistant attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “The Department of Justice will continue to work aggressively with FDA to prevent the distribution of adulterated food.”

The defendants have agreed to settle the case. They will be bound by the consent decree of permanent injunction, which mandates they cease all manufacturing operations. In order to resume distribution, the FDA must determine that manufacturing standards are up to par and comply with the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA).

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