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FDA Shuts Down Seafood Company

US - The US Food and Drug Administration has directed Hope Food Supply Inc., a Pasadena, Texas, fish processing company, to shut down and immediately recall all products manufactured from its Texas plant since 2007.

The company, under a different name, had manufactured dried smoked catfish steaks and other smoked seafood products and had been subject to a consent decree of permanent injunction requiring it to develop and implement an adequate Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan for its fish and fishery products.

The firm had not developed this plan.

The company cannot restart manufacturing until they have implemented an FDA-approved HACCP plan.

"We simply will not allow a company to put the public's health at risk by not implementing adequate procedures and plans to produce safe food," said Margaret O'K. Glavin, 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 FDA's HACCP regulations require that all seafood processors develop and implement adequate HACCP plans that identify all food safety hazards that are likely to occur for each kind of seafood product that they process, and set forth preventative measures to control those hazards.