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August 15, 2015

United States

North Carolina—Processor Labels Farmed Shrimp as Wild-Caught


A Harnett County seafood processor faces a $100,000 fine and three years of probation for labeling farm-raised, imported shrimp as a wild-caught product of the United States.


According to court documents, an employee of Alphin Brothers, Inc., encouraged the seafood processing company to falsely label approximately 25,000 pounds of shrimp, which was later sold to customers in Louisiana.


On August 11, 2015, a federal court imposed the fine and sentenced Alphin Brothers, Inc. to forfeit approximately 21,450 pounds of shrimp.  During the company’s probation, employees will be trained on federal labeling requirements.


Under those federal standards, known as COOL, which stands for “country of origin labeling,” only shrimp harvested and processed in the United States or by a United States-flagged vessel may be labeled as a product of the United States.


Source:  NC Seafood Processor Fined $100,000 for Mislabeling Shrimp.  August 11, 2015.


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