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Seafood Processing Plant Shut Down

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 9:05am

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Federal regulators have shut down a Maine seafood processing plant for what were described as "numerous violations" of federal laws and health regulations.

The Food and Drug Administration also ordered Portland Shellfish Co., which processes lobster and shrimp, to recall and destroy seafood the company's president says is worth about $25,000.

The FDA says Portland Shellfish won't be allowed to reopen until it updates its plans and procedures for making sure the seafood it processes is safe.

The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/IjCnet) reports that the FDA's letter says a conveyor belt used in shrimp processing at the plant tested positive in February for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria.

The FDA previously shut down the company in January 2011.

The company's president says the FDA is being unduly harsh.

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