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Hallmark Fisheries Issues Recall of Crab Meat Because of Possible Health Risk

One of multiple brands involved in recall due to possible Listeria monocytogenes.

Hallmark Fisheries9 of Charleston, Ore., is recalling several packaged crab meat products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the FDA announced today.

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)

[Images: Photos of labels of all recalled products.]

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Multiple brands recalled across the West Coast.

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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