Ocean King Enterprises Inc., in conjunction with the FDA, is recalling certain Ready-to-Eat Seafood Dips because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This bacteria can cause serious and potentially fatal infections in the young, elderly, and those with weak immune systems.
The products were distribute through A&P warehouses in Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Jersey and were then sent to retail stores where consumers were able to buy these products.
The products were sold in bulk 5-pound containers to the warehouses. The dips are then sold in the value added and deli sections of the retail stores in clear plastic containers with a Regal King label. All flavors have a red and white repack label. The brand name is Regal King Gourmet Seafood. The flavors are Premium Krab Dip, Cajun Krab Dip, Shrimp Dip, and Smoked Salmon Dip.
The recall was sparked by a finished product that was found to contain the bacterium during an independent systemic sampling program by the company. As of now there have been no illnesses reported to Ocean King Enterprises. The FDa and Ocean are working together to fix the problem.
Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches, and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. If infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms such as headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or convulsions can occur.
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