US seafood processor cited for live flies, unsanitary conditions

Also, packaging method was not sufficient to prevent toxin formation.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a warning letter to Raymond Barbour, owner and president of Alabama-based seafood processor J & B Seafood.

During June inspections, the FDA found serious violations of the Seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation, particularly related to the company's fresh picked crabmeat.

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The FDA said there were live flies observed in the picking room that repeatedly landed on cooked crabs, cooked crab parts and cooked crab food contact surfaces.

"Our investigators observed a foreign black material encrusted in the etching of your etched handled knife after it was washed and sanitized. Our investigators observed three employees cooking and preparing crab with unrestrained hair. Additionally, an employee was repeatedly observed wiping her nose while touching cooked crabs without washing her hands," the FDA said.

The agency also noted J & B Seafood's vacuum packaging process for its frozen lump crabmeat creates an increased potential for the formation of the Clostridium botulinum toxin.

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