East Providence company recalls crab meat

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A company that sold crab meat in several states has recalled it after finding it was contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

The Rhode Island Department of Health says on Friday that Rome Packing Co., Inc., of East Providence, issued the voluntary recall of several kinds of fresh and frozen crab meat sold under the Ocean’s Catch brand.

The meat was distributed in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois and California to retail stores including but not limited to: Shaw’s Supermarkets, Legal Sea Foods, and Harbor Fish Market.

The company discovered the problem during routine sampling, and no one has reported becoming ill.

Health officials say Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious or fatal illness in young children, the elderly or people who have weakened immune systems.

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