Listeria Prompts Recall of Bright Water Fish Dips

Buffalo and Southwest Crab Dip is being recalled by Bright Water Seafood of Tucker, Georgia, over concerns of contamination with the <"">Listeria monocytogenes pathogen.

According to My Fox Atlanta, the seven-ounce packages of Buffalo Krab Dip and Southwest Krab Dip, manufactured by Bright Water Seafood, are being recalled after Listeria monocytogenes was found in the products.

The recalled dips were distributed in retail stores in North Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, said My Fox Atlanta.

Following are the product details provided by My Fox Atlanta:

• Bright Water Buffalo Krab Dip product comes in a seven-ounce, clear plastic container marked with UPC code 8 1971100001 4 with an expiration date of 12/21/2010 stamped on the side.
• Bright Water Southwest Krab Dip comes in a seven-ounce, clear plastic container marked with an UPC code 8 1971100002 1 with an expiration date of 12/29/2010 stamped on the side.

The issue was discovered following routine testing by the company in which Listeria monocytogenes was discovered in a seven-ounce container, said My Fox Atlanta, adding that production has been suspended on these products as Bright Water Seafood, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigate the source of the contamination.

My Fox Atlanta warns consumers who purchased the products to not use them and to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Bright Water Seafood can be reached at either 1.678.373.0989 or 1.678.373.4564 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or by mail at Bright Water Seafood, P.O. Box 450669, Tucker, GA 31145.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause Listeriosis, a potentially fatal disease. While healthy people rarely contract Listeriosis, the infection can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

In pregnant women, Listeriosis can result in miscarriage, stillbirth, or birth of a baby suffering from the infection. Pregnant women are about 20 times likelier than others to be infected and Listeriosis can kill fetuses, prompt premature births, and can lead to hearing loss or brain damage in newborns and neurological effects and cardio respiratory failure in adults.

Listeriosis can also result in serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, persons with HIV infection, or those undergoing chemotherapy.

Listeria monocytogenes infects about 2,500 people in the U.S., killing 500. Contamination occurs in meat and poultry as well as vegetables tainted via soil or fertilizer.

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