Joe’s Fish Market on South Orange Avenue in Newark, New Jersey, United States, has been shut down following the discovery of the sale of “plastic fish” in the market.
A notice announcing the closure of the market by the City of Newark Department of Engineering, Division of Code Enforcement, said that “ the premises must remain closed until such time that all violations have been abated forthwith.”
A video of a customer alerting of the sale of the alleged plastic fish had gone viral, leading to the decisive action by the Mayor Ras J. Baraka administration.
Patrons of the otherwise popular market allege that all manner of sometimes unwholesome foods are sold at the market.
There is usually a beehive of activities at the market as people from far and near throng the place to purchase different items.
The notice of its closure warned that “any person found tampering with the city issued padlocks will be considered trespassing and may be ‘arrested’ by the Newark Police Department.”