Venezuelan Fresh Crab Meat Warning [US]


US FlagUS/Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") LogoThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), an Atlanta, Georgia based health promotion and disease prevention authority, issues an investigatory warning against consuming any Fresh Crab Meat imported from Venezuela due to a multistate outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus contamination linked to this Seafood and consequential risk of gram-negative bacterial infection, severe illness and/or possible life-changing complications, all serious health hazards.

CDC: http://ht.ly/A8Du30kZIAU

Direct link: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2018/s0716-vibrio-outbreak.html

Additional information:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) recommends that people should not buy or eat, restaurants should not serve, nor should retailers sell Fresh Crab Meat imported from Venezuela at this time.

The CDC, state and local health officials in conjunction with the US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) are currently investigating a multistate outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infections.

The outbreak is known to have sickened at least twelve (12) people from three (3) states and the District of Columbia as of July 12, 2018. Four (4) people have been hospitalized; no deaths have been reported.

Epidemiologic evidence indicates that Fresh Crab Meat imported from Venezuela is a likely source of this outbreak. Investigation into the source is ongoing.

This Crab Meat might be labeled as “fresh” or “pre-cooked” and is commonly sold in plastic containers. Food contaminated with Vibrio usually looks, smells and tastes normal. There is no way to tell that your seafood has been contaminated. Consequently, if in doubt, throw it out.

Vibrio illness typically begins 24 hours after ingesting the bacteria, typically from contaminated or adulterated Seafood. Symptoms of infection include watery Diarrhea, stomach cramping, nausea, vomiting, fever and chills.

Signs and symptoms of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infection usually lasts about three (3) days, and most people recover without medical or hospital treatment. People with Vibriosis should drink plenty of liquids to replace fluids lost through Diarrhea.

If you think you have consumed any Fresh Crab Meat imported from Venezuela and have been sick, you may wish to seek immediate medical attention.

==> Never depend on your senses of sight, smell, taste or touch to confirm food poisoning, adulteration or contamination. If in doubt about the safety of any food, return it to your retailer for refund or toss it out in your household garbage, making sure neither small children nor household pets can access the suspect food.

If you believe you have purchased or have in your possession any of the recalled Fresh Crab products imported from Venezuela, please do not consume them directly nor use them as an ingredient in another dish or preparation. Instead, return the Seafood to the store where you purchased it for a full refund.

==> To see other recalls and notifications caused by contaminated, adulterated or mislabeled Crab, please search for “crab” or more generically, “seafood” using the Search Box at the top of this page.

==> To see other recalls and notifications caused by suspected Vibrio contamination, please search for “Vibrio” using the Search Box at the top of this page.

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