October 21ST, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Seven Seas was in the news recently regarding the company’s handling of fish shipments into the U.S. five years ago. The matter has been before the courts and while the company vigorously defended the charges, the company and our owner John Heras, 78, pled guilty on Friday, October 18th, 2019 – in U.S. District Court in Seattle to a misdemeanour violation of failure to report a previous refusal of a food product prior to re-entry into the USA. Importantly, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not find any health impacts linked to the shipments in question.
Seven Seas has been in business for more than 50 years and we take our reputation, the quality of our products and the safety of our customers very seriously. While the company has acknowledged our role in this matter and understands how our approach and communications with authorities should have been handled more proactively, we would not put customer health and safety at risk. Based on learning from this event, Seven Seas implemented rigorous company-wide training and improved processes to reinforce the team’s understanding of US Customs and FDA procedures. Seven Seas Richmond plant is both Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved facility, is HACCP compliant and SQF (Safe Quality Food) Level II certified.
Over five decades in business, we have earned a sterling reputation as a leading provider of high quality sustainable seafood enjoyed by people around the world and assure all our customers they can count on products from Seven Seas.
Seven Seas Fish Co. Ltd.