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This Serious Nationwide Fish Recall Was Just Announced

Almost 6,000 pounds of this popular seafood are on recall after having been distributed nationwide.

Seafood season doesn't end after summer; in fact, many Americans and seafood trade professionals believe the months following Labor Day offer one of the best periods to enjoy a fresh catch. Unfortunately, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a massive amount of one particular seafood were recalled over the weekend for a serious food safety concern. Find out here if you should check your fridge or freezer.

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5,749 lbs. of lobster recalled

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Saturday, the FDA published a recall announcement for a frozen, cooked seafood product with an origin of Bucksport, ME, which lies in the county with the longest coastline Maine—an area well known for its fish and tourism.

The seafood in question is a massive quantity of lobster meat from Greenhead Lobster Products.

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"Initiated in abundance of caution"

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Greenhead Lobster stated they were issuing the recall after "after a routine sampling program by the company revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes."

This is noteworthy—in many cases, recalls occur at the stage when a contaminant is simply suspected. With the Greenhead Lobster recall, it seems as though the Listeria was confirmed right away upon inspection.

What's the danger of Listeria monocytogenes? The company described it as "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. [sic]"

In bold, they added: "No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem."

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Recalled Lobster Product Details

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The company said the lobster had been distributed to Maine and New Hampshire. They added that from those points, it was distributed nationwide through wholesale distributors.

The lobster meat was sold in printed or clear bags with the following details:

1. Greenhead Lobster Frozen Cooked Claw and Knuckle Meat – 2 lbs.

  • Best By Dates: 5/10/23, 6/8/23, 6/9/23, 6/10/23,6/15/23, 6/17/23, 6/23/23, 6/28/23, 8/3/23

2. Greenhead Lobster Frozen Cooked Claw and Knuckle Meat – 1 lbs.

  • Best By Date: 6/22/23
3. Greenhead Lobster Frozen Cooked Broken Meat – 2 lbs.
  • Best By Dates: 5/10/23, 6/17/23, 6/22/23, 6/23/23, 8/3/23, 8/24/23, 8/25/23
4. Greenhead Lobster Frozen Cooked Tail Meat – 2 lbs.
  • Best By Dates: 6/17/23, 6/22/23, 6/23/23
5. Greenhead Lobster Frozen Cooked Claw and Knuckle Meat – 10.3 oz.
  • Best By Dates: 5/10/23, 6/9/23, 6/10/23
6. Greenhead Lobster Frozen Cooked Scored Claws – 3 lbs.
  • Best By Dates: 6/8/23, 6/15/23

What to do if you bought the recalled lobster product

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Greenhead Lobster advises customers who bought any of the products on this list not to consume it, and instead to return the lobster to the place of purchase for a full refund. With questions, you may call their customer service line at (207) 367-0950.
Krissy Gasbarre
Krissy is a senior news editor at Eat This, Not That!, managing morning and weekend news related to nutrition, wellness, restaurants and groceries (with a focus on beverages), and more. Read more