National Fisherman

ROCKLAND, Maine — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration found serious violations of federal seafood safety at Linda Bean’s lobster processing plant in the city’s industrial park.
 
The violations were found during four inspections done by the FDA in December at 17 Merrill Drive LLC, according to department documents. A warning letter was sent out in February.
 
The inspection report found that the lobster and crabmeat at the plant were “prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions whereby they may have been rendered injurious to health.”
 
The manager of the plant said Monday, however, that the violations simply involved the plant not being able to show the federal agency scientific evidence to support the company’s position that its processing method results in the food being safe.
 
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National Fisherman Live

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