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RICH-SEAPAK IS OUT FRONT ON SEAFOOD INSPECTION ISSUE

 ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga., March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Rich-SeaPak, a leading frozen shrimp processor, is a step ahead of this week's governmental recommendation for seafood safety inspection, according to Rich-SeaPak President Frank Holas.
 On Monday, FDA Commissioner David Kessler called for tougher quality controls on the entire seafood industry in a speech to the Public Voice National Food Policy Conference.
 Rich-SeaPak has conducted a voluntary self-funded inspection program to assure greater product safety to its customers. It has done so since 1967.
 "We have budgeted $250,000 this year to voluntarily have the Commerce Department inspect our processing facilities," Holas said. "Not everyone does that. We're also working to institute our own HACCP (Hazards And Critical Control Points) program in a new processing plant we're building in Brownsville, Texas." Rich-SeaPak manufactures and markets over 36 million pounds of seafood annually sold through restaurants and institutions, retailers and warehouse clubs.
 "Dr. Kessler's remarks will be welcome by responsible seafood companies throughout the world. Rich SeaPak is anxious to work with Dr. Kessler as he moves to implement this bold program and to share with him our experiences in this area," said Holas.
 "However, it is important to the seafood industry as a whole that inspection responsibilities be grouped under one agency and that for seafood, as it does for meat and poultry, that the federal government pay for these inspections," he said.
 Holas also indicated that aquaculture, or farm-raised shrimp, are used in almost 50 percent of Rich-SeaPak's shrimp products providing additional quality control. "Through carefully controlled shrimp farms, aquaculture products can help eliminate many environmental and bacterial concerns associated with ocean-caught shrimp," he said.
 Rich-SeaPak Corporation, a leading producer of over 120 shrimp, frozen hot snacks and appetizer products, was founded in 1949. It produces a variety of food products for the retail and foodservice industries.
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 /CONTACT: George Snyder or K. McKenzie of Manning, Selvage & Lee, 404-875-1444, for Rich-SeaPak Corp., or Ken Wheeler of Rich-SeaPak Corp., 912-634-3004/


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