Lobster Company With Four Recalls in Two Years Shut Down by Feds


Portland Shellfish Co. Inc., which sells ready-to-eat lobster meat nationwide, agreed to shut down until it cleans processing plants to the satisfaction of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The Maine seafood company didn't admit to any liability or wrongdoing in signing the agreement, approved by a federal judge. The FDA said tests taken at the plants showed the facilities were contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.

Portland Shellfish was at the center of a nationwide recall last summer of lobster meat due to potential listeria contamination. It sells lobster products nationwide under the Claw Island, Craig's All Natural, Inland Ocean and Portland Shellfish brands.