The United States Food and Drug Administration along with Hallmark Fisheries of Charleston, Oregon has issued a recall of several some of their packaged crab meat products because they have the potential for Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
Routine testing by Hallmark Fisheries revealed the presence of the bacteria; no illnesses have been reported.
Listeria monocytogenes is a virulent foodborne pathogen which can sicken people and in 20-30% of the cases, results in death. Listeria is the leading cause of foodborne illness-related deaths in the United States and every year, approximately 2,500 cases of serious illness and 500 deaths result from the bacterium.
The bacterium is especially virulent in newborns, who can suffer meningitis as a result of infection, the elderly and the infirm. Healthy individuals can also suffer illness and it can cause miscarriage and stillbirths in pregnant women.
According to the FDA Press Release, the crab meat is sold under the Hallmark, Peacock, Quality Ocean International and Yaquina Bay brands which were distributed mostly to food service companies in Washington, Nevada, Oregon and California.
The codes for the recalled products are:
CP 232 4A (A-H)
CP 233 4A (A-F)
CP 235 4A (A-F)
CP 236 4A (A-G)
CP 238 4A (A-H)
CP 239 4A (A-C)
CP 240 4A (A-B)
CP 242 4A (A-C)
CP 243 4A (A-H)
CP 244 4A (A-E)
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have become seriously ill due to foodborne illness and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages including medical costs, lost wages and for pain and suffering.
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