U.S. files lawsuit to halt company from distributing tainted adulterated hazardous seafood products

The United States filed a civil complaint against Foo Yuan Food Products Company, Inc. (Foo Yuan) of Long Island City, New York, its Owner and President Hsing Chang, and its Secretary Susan Chang, to stop them from preparing and distributing adulterated seafood products in violation of federal law. The FDA inspected Foo Yuan’s facility in 2014, 2016 and from December 2017 to January 2018.  According to the complaint, at each inspection, FDA documented significant deficiencies.  For example, as alleged in the complaint, during the most recent inspection, FDA observed a failure to maintain the cleanliness of food contact sources, and a failure to ensure that all persons working in direct contact with food, food contact surfaces and food-packing materials conform to hygienic practices to protect against food contamination.

The complaint notes that, following the October 2014 inspection, FDA issued a warning letter notifying Foo Yuan and Hsing Chang that they were in violation of seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point and current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations, causing their products to be adulterated under the law.

The complaint notes that, following the October 2014 inspection, FDA issued a warning letter notifying Foo Yuan and Hsing Chang that they were in violation of seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point and current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations, causing their products to be adulterated under the law.

The complaint alleges that defendants violated the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act by causing adulterated food to be introduced into interstate commerce or delivered for introduction into interstate commerce.  It also alleges that the defendants further violated the law by causing food to become adulterated while it was being held for sale after the shipment of one or more of its components in interstate commerce.