Listeria Tainted Crab Meat; Multistate Recall

Ocean’s Catch brand All Natural Jonah Crab Leg Meat was recalled after routine product sampling by Rome Packing Co., Inc., determined some of the finished products may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.


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 affected fresh recalled products are packaged in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid); are sold as refrigerated; include 5, 6, 8, and 16 ounce Ocean’s Catch All Natural Fresh Jonah Crab Leg Meat; and all have a sell by date before 10/16/14.


The affected frozen recalled products are packaged in plastic bags; are sold frozen; include 5 pound bags of Ocean’s Catch All Natural Frozen Jonah Crab Leg Meat, and all have a sell by date before 4/16/16.


The affected products were distributed in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois and California to retail stores including but not limited to: Shaw’s Supermarkets, Legal Sea Foods, and Harbor Fish Market.


See the Recall


See also Medical Law Perspectives, July 2012 Report: Foodborne Illness: When Grabbing a Bite Can Be Deadly