Seafood distributor fined
A Jessup wholesale seafood distributor accused of selling canned crab meat as fresh crab meat has agreed to pay an $8,000 fine to avoid a court trial.
Belvedere Seafood Inc. agreed last month to pay the state Health and Mental Hygiene Department about $2,700 for each time it removed crab meat from canned containers and placed them into "cups," which are plastic containers with "fresh meat" labels.
L The state contends the company then sold the repackaged crab
meat to customers.
The company admitted the state had enough evidence to prove its employees switched containers on three occasions in March last year, according to court records.
In exchange for the court dismissal, the company agreed its employees would not pick fresh crab meat or repackage crab meat in any form. The company also agreed to ban cups from its premises for five years.
Perot petition drive to end
The county campaign to put Ross Perot on the ballot this fall will end tomorrow because volunteers have collected nearly twice the required number of signatures, a Perot spokesman said last week.
Henry C. Marshall of Clarksville said that more than 121,000 registered voters statewide have signed petitions to put Perot's name on the ballot for the fall. Only 63,000 signatures were needed.
Howard County accounted for more than 11,000 signatures, Marshall said. The county's total -- 11.6 percent -- tied with Anne Arundel County's for the highest percentage in the state, Marshall said.
Perot will join Marshall and other county coordinators at 11:30 a.m. June 24 in Annapolis to present their petitions to the state election board, Marshall said.
Marshall will sponsor a picnic from noon to 5 p.m. June 28 at his western Howard County home for 250 volunteers who helped him gather signatures.