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Crab Meat Recall Update: Listeria Outbreak Spreads to Four States

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A recall has been issued for crab meat in four western states due to the potential for Listeria food poisoning

Free Crab Meat Listeria Food Poisoning Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been sickened with listeria food poisoning after consuming crab meat included in this recall, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

What’s the problem?

September 22, 2010 – A nationwide crab meat recall was announced by the FDA on September 16, after routine testing by Hallmark Fisheries detected Listeria monocytogenes in finished products sold under the Hallmark, Peacock, Quality Ocean International, and Yaquina Bay labels.

The recall affects Hallmark crab meat sold in California, Oregon, Nevada, and Washington. The meat was sold in five-pound cans, one-pound vacuum packs, one-pound plastic tubs, and eight-ounce plastic tubs under the brand names Hallmark, Peacock, Quality Ocean International, and Yaquina Bay. Each container will have one of the following codes on the top of the containers: 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), and CP 244 4A (A-E). The meat was sold primarily to food service companies.

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Listeria Poisoning Information

Listeriosis is a serious illness caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Symptoms of the illness include (but are not limited to):

  • fever
  • muscle aches
  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • headache
  • stiff neck
  • confusion
  • loss of balance
  • convulsions

The disease affects primarily pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and adults with weakened immune systems. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 2,500 people each year in the United States contract listeriosis, resulting in 500 deaths annually.

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