DEC: Recalled crab reached Juneau stores

Posted: Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed that shipments of recalled crab meat have been distributed in Juneau, and the suspected lots are being investigated.

Hallmark Fisheries is recalling several brands of packaged crab meat because of potential for contamination by Listeria monocytogenes. This bacterium can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease.

DEC program Manager Mike Gentry said two Alaska firms have received suspected lots of the meat. One of these firms is located here.

Gentry said that these companies are going over their records to see if the suspected lots are subject to recall. He said the firms should know for sure today.

Gentry said the firms will contact their local suppliers and operators if the suspected lots are included in their shipments.

According to a press release, the recalled crab meat is sold under the brands Hallmark, Peacock, Quality Ocean International and Yaquina Bay. They're sold in five-pound cans, one-pound vacuum packs, one-pound plastic tubs and eight-ounce plastic tubs.

The codes on the recalled products, found on top of the containers, 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) and CP 244 4A(A-E).

The press release states healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, symptoms can include high fever, severe headaches, neck stiffness and nausea. Those experiencing such symptoms should consult a doctor immediately.

• Contact Jonathan Grass at 523-2276 or at jonathan.grass@juneauempire.com.



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