Crab Meat Recall for Possible Listeria Contamination
East Providence, Rhode Island-based Rome Packing Co. has announced a voluntary recall of Ocean’s Catch brand All Natural Jonah Crab Leg Meat products, which may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The potential contamination was found by the company during some routine product sampling and testing.
The products, which have been distributed nationwide in restaurants and retail stores, come packaged in round plastic tubs with snap-on lids. The list of unfrozen recalled products includes the following:
- 5 ounce packages of Ocean’s Catch All Natural Fresh Jonah Crab Leg Meat containing a lot number of 0104804 and a sell-by date of 10/15/14;
- 6 ounce packages of Ocean’s Catch All Natural Jonah Crab Combo Meat with lot numbers 0104791 or 0104666 and a sell-by date before 10/13/14 or 10/15/14, respectively;
- 8 ounce packages of Ocean’s Catch All Natural Fresh Jonah Crab Leg Meat with lot numbers 0104665, 0104804 or 0104842 and a sell-by date of either 10/13/14 or 10/14/14 or 10/16/14;
- 8 ounce packages of Ocean’s Catch All Natural Jonah Crab Combo Meat with a lot number 0104787 and a sell-by date of 10/14/14;
- 16 ounce packages of Ocean’s Catch All Natural Fresh Jonah Crab Leg Meat with lot numbers 0104659, 0104665 or 0104842, and a sell-by date of either 10/13/14, 10/14/14 or 10/16/14;
- 16 ounce packages of Ocean’s Catch All Natural Jonah Crab Combo Meat with lot numbers 0104806 or 0104845 and sell by date of either 10/14/14 or 10/16/14;
Also included in the recall are five-pound bags of Ocean’s Catch All Natural Frozen Jonah Crab Leg Meat with lot number 0104842 and a sell-by date of 4/16/16.
The company is quick to note that there have been no reported illnesses linked to this product so far. They are also asking consumers who have these products to immediately throw them away or take them back to the store for a full refund.
While healthy adults rarely become seriously ill from exposure to Listeria monocytogenes, others can develop Listeriosis. Contracting this disease is potentially very dangerous for small children, as well as those who are elderly or have compromised immune systems. Pregnant woman are especially at risk, because exposure to Listeria can lead to a greater risk of miscarriage or stillbirth. It’s also possible for her to pass on the pathogen, which means her baby could be born with Listeriosis, which is fatal to newborns nearly 50 percent of the time.
Listeria infection symptoms can appear at any time during the first eight weeks after exposure, although, in most cases, they’ll occur within the first three weeks. Common symptoms include fever, nausea and muscle aches. In some cases, however, they will be more serious, including severe diarrhea and dehydration. In some extreme cases, Listeriosis can affect the central nervous system, which can lead to anything from a stiff neck and a headache to a loss of motor control, convulsions, or even meningitis or a brain infection.
If you or a loved one has become sick or died because of exposure to Listeria or any other type of food-borne illness, please contact the experienced and knowledgeable Texas Food Poisoning Lawyer at Hill Law Firm, so that we can investigate the situation and protect your rights.