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Published On: Thu, May 29th, 2014

Listeria potential prompts recall of Ocean’s Catch crab meat

East Providence, RI company,Rome Packing Co., Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of Ocean’s Catch brand minced crab meat after routine product sampling by the company determined some of the finished products may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

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Rome Packing Co., Inc. is cooperating with the Food and Drug Administration and Rhode Island Department of Health investigation. Rome Packing Co., Inc. has initiated corrective action in their processing plant to prevent this from occurring. 

The list of recalled products, are packaged in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), sold as refrigerated, includes:

6-ounce Ocean’s Catch Crab Meat:

  • lot number 101366 with a sell by date before 5/14/14;
  • lot number 101507 with a sell by date before 5/20/14;
  • lot number 101540 with a sell by date before 5/21/14;

8-ounce Ocean’s Catch All Natural Jonah Crab Combo Meat:

  • lot number 101372 with a sell by date before 5/14/14;
  • lot number 101432 with a sell by date before 5/19/14;
  • lot number 101474 with a sell by date before 5/20/14;

16-ounce Ocean’s Catch All Natural Jonah Crab Combo Meat:

  • lot number 101372 with a sell by date before 5/14/14;
  • lot number 101391 with a sell by date before 5/16/14;
  • lot number 101407 with a sell by date before 5/16/14;
  • lot number 101432 with a sell by date before 5/19/14;
  • lot number 101474 with a sell by date before 5/20/14;
  • lot number 101539 with a sell by date before 5/21/14.

The products are distributed nationwide to retail stores including but not limited to: Shaws Supermarkets, Market Basket and Dave’s Market. Consumers with questions may contact the company’s representative, John F. Whiteside, Jr. at (508)991-3333.

No illnesses have been reported to date. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them and return them to the place of purchase for a refund or discard them.

Listeriosis, a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, is an important public health problem. The disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems. However, rarely, persons without these risk factors can also be affected.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, however, infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

 

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