COLUMBIA, North Carolina (AP) — A North Carolina seafood company has been charged with selling almost 200,000 pounds of foreign crab
meat falsely labelled domestic Atlantic blue crab for USD4 million.
Charges filed last month by the US Attorney in the Eastern District of North Carolina say Captain Neill’s Seafood of Columbia repackaged and mislabelled crab from Asia and South America as a “Product of the USA”.
The charging documents accuse the company of selling the mislabelled crab meat from 2012 through 2015.
The Virginian-Pilot reported that a company statement acknowledged that a “small portion” of its crab meat didn’t have a sticker accurately listing its country of origin. But the company said the meat was still high quality and safe to eat, and it says they’ve only sold correctly labelled domestic crab since then.