Stop & Shop announced it removed from sale Gold Coast Fresh Crab Spread due to possible contamination by listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria, following a recall by GoldCoast Salads.
The bacteria causes more deaths in the U.S. than salmonella and the botulism-causing bacteria. It is one of the most virulent food-borne pathogens, with 20-30% of infections resulting in death, according to scientific studies.
To date, Stop & Shop has received no reports of illness. Customers who have purchased the product should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to Stop & Shop for a full refund.
Listeria is a common organism found in nature. Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis, however, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.
Consumers looking for additional information on the recall may call Gold Coast customer service at 1-239-513-0430. In addition customers may call Stop & Shop Customer Service at 800-767-7772 for more information. Customers can also visit the Stop & Shop website at StopAndShop.com