July 19, 2018
Venezuela crab meat potentially 'Vibrio-contaminated', says FDA
The US Food and Drug Administration has warned consumers against eating fresh crab meat imported from Venezuela, as it may be contaminated with Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria, which are found in brackish saltwater.
The FDA advised consumers dining out at restaurants or shopping in grocery stores to ask where their crab meat is from. It said this product is commonly found in plastic tubs and may be labeled as "pre-cooked."
The FDA said they were still in the process of determining the source of contaminated fresh crab meat and were ensuring it is removed from the food supply.
As of July 12, the FDA has confirmed 12 cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus. The states that reported cases associated with this outbreak include Maryland (8), Louisiana (2), Pennsylvania (1) and the District of Columbia (1).
Most people infected with Vibrio parahaemolyticus develop diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, nausea, fever and stomach pain, the FDA said, adding that diarrhea tends to be watery and occasionally bloody.