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NC seafood processor fined $100,000 for mislabeling shrimp

Posted August 11, 2015

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

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

A federal court on Tuesday 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.

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  • Johnny Byrd Aug 12, 2015
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    And you'll get just as many foreign raised shrimp there as you will in any grocery store. Less than one percent of the shrimp eaten in the US comes from NC waters and yet we still the only state allowing shrimp trawlers in our sounds killing 10's of millions of juvenile fish every year. No wonder many of our local fish species are listed as depleted.

  • Steven Cousler Aug 11, 2015
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    Sill shrimp and still edible, just not nearly as tasty as wild, fresh shrimp. You want that kind of shrimp - drive down to beach. Roadstand and fish market prices down there are every bit as competitive as grocery store prices around here and the shrimp is much better.