NC Shrimp Processor Labeled Imported Farm-Raised Shrimp as Wild Caught, Fined $100,000

NC Shrimp Processor Labeled Imported Farm-Raised Shrimp as Wild Caught, Fined $100,000
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August 12, 2015

Louisiana shrimp lovers may have been duped by a North Carolina-based shrimp processor that labeled farm-raised, imported shrimp as wild caught in U.S. waters.

Although it may seem like a minor offense, Alphin Brothers was fined $100,000 and is on three years probation for violating federal country of origin labeling (COOL) laws.

Under COOL, only shrimp harvested and processed in the U.S. or by an American vessel can claim the catch as a product from the U.S.

The company was also forced to forfeit about 21,500 pounds of shrimp and employees must undergo additional training in federal labeling laws.

According to WRAL, an employee of the Dunn-based processing plant encouraged workers to label more than 25,000 pounds of shrimp that was later shipped to Louisiana.