Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

A federal judge ordered a Los Angeles manufacturer to stop producing ready-to-eat smoked and pickled fish for failure to control the bacteria which causes botulism, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Neptune Manufacturing Inc., located on West Pico Boulevard, has been the focus of numerous inspections by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since 2006, according to the DOJ, which alleges that investigators found unsanitary conditions on each visit.

U.S. District Judge S. James Otero entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against the company and its owners, Alexander Goldring, Peter Oyrekh and Semyon Krutovsky, on Monday.

The company and its owners must stop processing and distributing smoked and pickled seafood products until they can demonstrate that they have taken specific steps to bring their facility into compliance with the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, according to the DOJ.

According to the FDA complaint, Neptune’s seafood products are produced under conditions that are inadequate to ensure the safety of its products.

“Neptune was repeatedly informed that the sanitation practices at its facility were deficient,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Joyce R. Branda of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “The failure to actively plan for and control the presence of bacteria and neurotoxins commonly found in seafood processing facilities can pose a serious risk to the public health.”

The government alleges unsanitary conditions at the plant were the result of deviations from good manufacturing practices such as not adequately cleaning surfaces and utensils used for cutting fish.

City News Service

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