Hallmark Crab Meat May Pose Health Risk

Fishery issues recall; meat may be contaminated

/ Author:  / Reviewed by: Joseph V. Madia, MD

Hallmark Fisheries, Charleston, Ore., is recalling several packaged crab meat products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The crab meat is sold under the brands Hallmark, Peacock, Quality Ocean International and Yaquina Bay in five pound cans, one pound vacuum packs, one pound plastic tubs and eight ounce plastic tubs. The crab was distributed in Washington, Nevada, Oregon and California primarily to food service companies. The code on the recall products can be found on top of the containers and are as follows:

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)

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall is the result of a routine testing program by Hallmark Fisheries which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria. The company has ceased the production of crab at the Charleston, Ore., facility as Hallmark Fisheries continues their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Food service companies that have purchased the recalled products are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. For questions, contact Hallmark Fisheries at 541.888.3253, Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm Pacific Time.

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September 21, 2010