Marlin, FL (AP) A restaurant and grill in Marlins City Grill has been removed from the Food Network’s list of the top 50 seafood restaurants in the country after the company said it “lacked a clear ethical code.”
The restaurant was placed on the list last year after it was accused of hiring a contractor to harvest and ship fish from a private fishing vessel.
It was removed from consideration in 2018.
It was the first time a food service business had been placed on this year’s list.
Food Network spokesman Mark Koppelman told the Associated Press on Monday that Marlin is the only one of the restaurants on the network’s Top 50 list to not have a clear code of conduct for all its employees.
He said the company’s “zero tolerance” for animal cruelty was based on the fact that Marlins restaurant does not have animal welfare training.
“We do not condone cruelty to animals,” Koppelman said.
The restaurant has been under scrutiny in the past for hiring workers who did not have proper training to handle seafood, and for failing to report a suspected worker to authorities.
Koppelman said the Food Industry Council, a nonprofit organization that monitors food safety, had already investigated Marlin for possible violations of its food safety policies.
The organization called for the restaurant to be removed from its list because of its alleged lack of animal welfare certification.
The group said the lack of standards for seafood handling and handling of seafood are an important issue when it comes to the health and safety of consumers.
Marlin is owned by the city of Marlin.
It has restaurants in St. Petersburg and St. Johns and is located at 814 S. Miami Ave.
In a statement, the restaurant’s general manager, Dan Sperber, said the restaurant has a zero-tolerance policy for animal abuse and has been working with the city to address these concerns.
Marlins owner Dan Sverre, who said he was not aware of the company having any ethical issues with seafood, said he has been a longtime supporter of the city and was disappointed to learn that Marls seafood is not being taken seriously.
Marino is owned and operated by an independent contractor, and the owner said that the seafood was processed and packed in a safe manner.
“This was a routine operation.
We are working with Marlin to resolve this issue, and we will be doing so with our partners in the seafood industry,” Sperberg said.
Sperberg also said he would review Marlin’s seafood practices.