Maine Seafood Co. Indicted 

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

Philadelphia areas.