A Maine seafood company has been indicted on
charges that it shipped thousands of pounds of potentially
dangerous shellfish to fish dealers in Philadelphia and New York.
Investigators say that in September 2003 Kip’s Seafood Company
shipped ten loads of shellfish after its interstate license was
suspended because the water used to wash the seafood at its plant
was unclean. The indictment says Kip’s owner, Karl Crute Senior,
obtained approximately 800 interstate certification tags from
another company to deceive law enforcement.
The shipments of clams and mussels were sent to large fish
markets, including the Fulton Fish Market in New York. From there,
the shellfish was sold to restaurants in the New York and