Owner of DuPont Fish Market responds to LA Health Dept. shut down

Fish market owner says all purchases were handled with the best care

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Customers driving up to Shreveport's DuPont Fish Market were met a letter telling them their longtime fish supplier would no longer be casting a line.

After 75 years in business, the Louisiana Department of Health shut down the seller Monday for a laundry list of violations.

"We work really hard to try to work with business and to try to help them through the process and this has really been ongoing with critical violations and its just gotten to the point where we had to close them," said Dr. Martha Whyte the health departments regional medical administrator.

The business was hit with a total of 21 violations. Five of them critical, the others listed as non-critical.

"Rodents, feces, animals, and rust, and all of these fish issues, sewage issues and drainage issues, then we're talking about significant possibilities for disease to develop," said Dr. Whyte.

Benjamin DuPont is the market's owner and he says many of the problems are due to the old age of the building.

"We have been having trouble with ants and flies, the buildings old so stuff does get in there, but ain't nothing like they trying to make it out like it is," DuPont said,

After falling ill, DuPont says his children have been doing their best to keep the business up to code. But after several run-ins with the department, he says the news came as no surprise.

"I figured it was coming, you know like I said they've been hard on us on stuff that I guess they want the building to look like its brand new but you can't make a building look new," said DuPont.

White says while the violations against the business are severe, she would still like to see the Shreveport staple get back in business.

"The health department never wants to take such drastic steps and we will work hopefully with him to get this place to a place where we can all be happy to go and support him again," said Whyte.

DuPont does not believe he will reopen his business.

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