BROOKLYN — Something's rotten in Greenpoint.
Acme Smoked Fish, a high-end seafood wholesaler on Gem Street, claims Hall Street Storage caused nearly 70 tons of fish, worth more than half a million dollars, to spoil because the warehouse turned off their refrigerator, according a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court Tuesday.
Acme, which is asking for $1.9 million in damages, put their catch in the facility near the Brooklyn Navy Yard between May and August of 2014, but when they went to recover the seafood on Oct. 6 they discovered it was rotten, according to the suit.
The storage facility did construction work to upgrade their electrical wiring and install new refrigeration equipment, which caused the fish to thaw and spoil, according to the suit.
This is not Acme's only problem with bad fish.
Acme voluntarily recalled 564 pounds of smoked salmon imported from Denmark last November after the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services found Listeria in one four-once package of fish, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website.
No were no reported illnesses in connection with the fish.
The family-owned fish seller, which specializes in smoked fish, salads and herring, has been operating on Gem Street since 1954. The company opened an additional 100,000 square-foot storage facility in North Carolina in March to produce more than 10,000 pounds of smoked salmon a year, according to a press release.
Acme, which sells to Whole Foods and Williams-Sonoma, nor the law firm representing them in the suit did not return request for comment.
Workers at Hall Street Storage hung up the phone twice when DNAinfo called for comment.