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Crab meat products recalled after potentially dangerous bacteria found

From Rick Martin, CNN
  • A seafood company discovers the bacteria during routine testing
  • The recalled meat was distributed mainly in western United States
  • The bacteria can cause infections, miscarriages and stillbirths
  • No illnesses have been reported

(CNN) -- An Oregon seafood company is recalling packaged crab meat products after testing revealed some products contained bacteria that could cause serious or fatal infections.

Hallmark Fisheries, based in Charleston, Oregon, is recalling crab meat sold under brand names Hallmark, Peacock, Quality Ocean International and Yaquina Bay.

Recalled products come in 5-pound cans, 1-pound vacuum packs, 1-pound plastic tubs and 8-ounce plastic tubs, according to a company press release.

The meat was distributed in California, Nevada and Oregon, mainly to food service companies.

The company said routine testing revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes, "an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems."

Healthy people can suffer short-term symptoms, but the bacteria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths for pregnant women.

Consumers can find a list of the product codes involved in the recall at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website.

Hallmark has stopped crab production at its Charleston facility and was investigating what caused the problem, the release said.

Customers can return recalled products to the place of purchase for a refund.