2 seafood firms accused of mislabeling shrimp
NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana seafood processing plant and an Illinois seafood distributor have each been charged with one count of mislabeling over $100,000 worth of commercially-sold shrimp.
Federal prosecutors in New Orleans announced the charges, a felony violation of the Lacey Act, in a news release Wednesday.
Doran Sea-Pak, LLC, of Independence, La., was accused of distributing Mexican-caught shrimp as being U.S. caught.
Prosecutors say the mislabeled shrimp were then sent to Worldwide Shrimp Co., a wholesale distributor in Highland Park, Ill., which sold them.
The bill of information says Doran mislabeled the shrimp at Worldwide's direction between November 2007 and December 2008.
Neither company had immediate comment.
If convicted, the companies face possible fines of $500,000.