On October 21, 2015, U.S. Marshalls seized about 5,000 cases of frozen crab at the request of the FDA. The ready to eat frozen Jonah crab products were distributed by Rome Packing Company Incorporated. FDA inspections uncovered poor sanitary conditions and inadequate temperature control between November 2014 and January 2015. Swabs taken from the manufacturing area tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. Rome Packing is not currently producing anything. No illnesses have been associated with the contaminated frozen crab.
Listeria monocytogenes infections can be very serious. Symptoms of Listeria poisoning can appear as soon as 3 days after infection, but may take up to 70 days to appear. Symptoms include fever, nausea, diarrhea, headache, stiff neck, and muscle aches. In persons with certain risk factors, including children, the elderly, those with HIV/AIDS, and pregnant women, the illness may be especially severe. If you or a loved one begin to show the symptoms of Listeria poisoning, contact a medical professional.