Lobster Meat Recall Expanded

The Portland Shellfish Company, Inc. is expanding its recently announced, voluntarily recall of lobster meat to now include the Meat Without Feet private label food service—two-pound bags—pack of ready-to-eat frozen lobster claw and knuckle meat, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) just said. Previously, we wrote that Portland Shellfish issued a voluntary recall of some of its brands of cooked, ready-to-eat fresh, or frozen lobster meat over concerns it may be contaminated with a dangerous, sometimes deadly, foodborne bacteria.

The FSIS said that Lot 13310, in recent tests, had the potential to be contaminated with <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/listeria">Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled product was distributed in the New York City metropolitan area and includes the following: 75 CASES LOBSTER CLAW & KNUCKLE MEAT, Packed 6 x 2 LB bags, FROZEN, packed under Meat Without Feet LABEL, production lot number 13310, shipped on 05/13/2010.

Consumers who have purchased this product are urged not to consume it and to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Portland Shellfish can be reached at 207-699-5505, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m

No related foodborne illnesses have been reported to date in connection to the recall and the expanded recall.

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, and nausea; can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women; and can 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.

Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, 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.

We recently wrote that a report issued by the Produce Safety Project has found that foodborne illnesses are costing the U.S. $152 billion every year. According to the same study, more than a quarter of that cost—$39 billion—is the result of foodborne illnesses associated with fresh, canned, and processed produce.

Outbreaks of Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria poisoning, and other foodborne illnesses take a staggering toll. According to the federal government, 76 million people each year come down with some form of food poisoning; hundreds of thousands are hospitalized and about 5,000 die.

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