The FDA and CDC have just issued a fresh crab meat recall on products coming from Venezuela, citing it can cause diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramps, nausea and fever. Currently, 12 people have been sickened across three states (Louisiana, Maryland and Pennsylvania) and Washington D.C. while four have been hospitalized.

The crab meat in question carries a bacteria called Vibrio parahaemolyticus, and can cause symptoms such as vomiting, abdominal cramps, fever and more not so pleasant gastrointestinal issues, roughly 24 hours after consumption.

What Was Recalled: Crab Meat from Venezuela

The crab meat to avoid is fresh and often found in plastic tubs and labeled as “pre-cooked.” It can be eaten chilled or reheated.

Why It Was Recalled

The Venezuelan crab meat carries the bacteria Vibrio parahaemolyticus, that elicits the symptoms listed above. While 12 people have been sickened and four hospitalized, no deaths have been tied to this particular multi-state outbreak of this bacteria.

How to Tell if Your Crab Meat Is Part of the Recall

As the CDC noted in its announcement, “Food contaminated with Vibrio usually looks, smells and tastes normal.” As such, you should avoid all crab meat coming from Venezuela until further notice.

What Parents Can Do

Authorities advise consumers to ask grocery stores and restaurants from where they source their crab meat prior to ordering or purchasing the seafood. Return any crab meat that is found to be from Venezuela to your local grocery stores, or simply throw it away.

––Karly Wood

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