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Fortuna Sea Products, Inc. Recalls Frozen Cooked Clam Meat Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Fortuna Sea Products, Inc.
626-572-4600

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Rosemead, CA -- October 7, 2005 -- Fortuna Sea Products, Inc. of Rosemead, CA is recalling frozen cooked clam meat in one pound packages labeled as Ocean Pearl Wild Caught, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more sever illnesses such as severe arterial infections (i.e. infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Fortuna Sea Products, Inc. sells frozen cooked clam meat to distributors in Southern California and New York, New York area. Consumers may have purchased or consumed the product through retail or foodservice establishments such as supermarkets and restaurants.

Fortuna Sea Products’ frozen cooked clam meat can be identified by the Ocean Pearl brand label. Clam meat is sold in 24 x 1 lb retail pack in a master carton to distributors and may be reselling to consumers in 1 lb retail plastic bag. This recall is for Ocean Pearl brand frozen cooked clam meat with bar code 0 23998 12923 8 and Lot#C7397 stamped on master carton.

Through routine testing by FDA the presence of salmonella was revealed. In the frozen cooked clam meat.

No illnesses have been reported associated with this recall.

Retail and foodservice establishments and whose customers who have purchased Ocean Pearl brand frozen cooked clam meat with bar code 0 23998 12923 8 and Lot#7397 stamped on master carton should return the product to the distributors for a full refund. Distributors and consumers with questions may contact Fortuna Sea Products, Inc. directly at 626-572-4600.

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