Judge Shuts Down Listeria-Contaminated Brooklyn Fish Factory

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Save our sardines. Photo: Paul Joseph

A Brownsville factory with a documented history of processing salmon, mackerel, and herring in facilities that tested positive for Listeria six times between 2006 and 2012 has been forcibly closed by a Federal Court judge. Last year, inspectors found fish at the generically named New York City Fish that were still potentially "contaminated with filth." A change of ownership and one follow-up later, inspectors basically found many of the same employees allegedly doing the same filthy things. The company's lawyer says the plant already has a consultant tackling the food-safety issues. "We intend to comply with the court's order and to reopen quickly," he says. [NYDN]