Thousands of pounds of frozen cooked lobster meat are being recalled by a Maine company because of potential listeria contamination.
According to a news report, Greenhead Lobster Products of Bucksport, Maine, said it issued the recall after identifying the potential for contamination during routine sampling.
The tainted lobster meat was sent to Maine and New Hampshire companies for distribution nationwide but could cause serious illnesses.
So far, no illnesses have been reported as a result of these products. Anyone who has purchased these recalled products is urged not to consume them and to return them to the place where they purchased them for a full refund. Anyone with questions or concerns is asked to contact Greenhead Lobster Products’ customer service line at 207-367-0950.
Dangers of Listeriosis
Listeriosis is a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1,600 people get listeriosis every year and about 260 die from these infections. This type of bacterium is most likely to sicken pregnant women and their newborns, older adults, or those with weakened immune systems.
Although healthy people may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, headache, muscle stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, listeria could cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. The CDC estimates that listeriosis is the third leading cause of death from foodborne illness or food poisoning.
What Actions Can You Take?
If you suspect you have been sickened by a contaminated food product, it is important that you get medical attention right away and get diagnostic tests to determine the pathogen and what likely made you sick. If you have any of the recalled products in your home, isolate it so no one else consumes it, and have it tested in an independent lab for the presence of pathogens. Report your illness to the local health care agency, which tracks these illnesses. Whether you consumed the product at a restaurant or bought it at a store, save all receipts.
Contact an experienced California food poisoning lawyer who can help you seek and obtain compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.