April 12, Food Safety News – (California) California company will keep seafood off market.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said a California seafood importer and processor agreed to shut down its operations while it corrects conditions in its processing facility, which is alleged to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The FDA said in a statement April 11 that Yamaya USA of Torrance, and its president agreed to terms of a consent decree April 5. Under the agreement, the firm must destroy all foods being processed or ready for shipment, and clean and sanitize the facility. It cannot resume marketing its seafood until lab results confirm no further Listeria contamination. The FDA said the firm must also hire a sanitation and food safety expert to develop and implement a Listeria monitoring program and a hazard analysis critical control point plan. It must hire an outside auditor to conduct inspections of the facility at least once every 3 months for 3 years and once every year for 2 years after that, for a total of 5 years of auditing inspections. In October, 2011, Yamaha USA recalled capelin roe, or masago, after tests by the FDA revealed the roe was contaminated with Listeria.