Ocean King Enterprises recalls Ready-To-Eat Seafood Dips due to possible health risk

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August 16, 2007 — PHILADELPHIA, PA — Ocean King Enterprises Inc. of Philadelphia, PA, is recalling Ready-to-Eat Seafood Dips, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Products were distributed through the following A&P warehouses: A&P (C&S) Hatfield in Hatfield, MA; A&P (C&S) Baltimore in North East, MD; and A&P (C&S) Woodbridge in Woodbridge, NJ. Products will have reached consumers through retail stores from warehouse distribution.

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. No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was the result of an independent systemic sampling program conducted by Ocean King Enterprises Inc. which revealed that one finished product contained the bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and Ocean King Enterprises continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Consumers who purchased Regal King Brand ready-to-eat seafood dips should return the product to the store for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Ocean King Enterprises Inc. at (215) 495-0540.

Web site: www.fda.gov


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