FDA Issues Warning on Contaminated Red’s Best Clams from Prohibited Waters

December 17, 2023 USA

Product Label of Red’s Best Chopped Clams (Safety Alert of Illegally Harvested Clams, December 2023)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a public warning urging consumers to refrain from consuming Red’s Best chopped clams harvested from prohibited waters in Massachusetts. The clams, with lot numbers #331 and #333 and shuck dates of 23/331 and 23/333, were illegally harvested on November 25 and November 26, 2023.

Reason for Recall: The clams may be contaminated with human pathogens, toxic elements, or poisonous substances, posing a potential health risk to consumers. There is concern that some of these clams may have been frozen for later use.The affected clams were directly distributed to distributors and retailers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island, with the possibility of further distribution to other states.Consumption of contaminated clams may lead to food poisoning symptoms, including diarrhea, stomach pain or cramps, nausea, vomiting, and fever. Symptoms may vary in severity and onset time.

FDA Recommendations:

  • Consumers are strongly advised not to eat the recalled Red’s Best chopped clams.
  • Restaurants and food retailers are urged not to sell the affected products.
  • Dispose of any potentially contaminated products by throwing them in the garbage or returning them to distributors for destruction.

Individuals who have consumed these clams and are experiencing symptoms such as diarrhea, stomach pain or cramps, nausea, vomiting, or fever should contact their healthcare provider. Healthcare providers are encouraged to report these cases to their local Health Department for further investigation and testing. The FDA is actively investigating the distribution of the chopped clams and is working closely with state authorities to gather additional information. Updates will be provided as more details emerge.

Preventative Measures for Restaurants and Retailers:

  • Wash hands thoroughly with warm water and soap after handling the product.
  • Employ proper cleaning and sanitization processes for food contact surfaces and utensils.
  • Be vigilant about the potential for cross-contamination in food processing environments.

The FDA emphasizes its commitment to public safety and will continue to monitor the situation, assisting state authorities as needed. Consumers are urged to stay informed and take necessary precautions to ensure their well-being.

Source: https://www.fda.gov/food/alerts-advisories-safety-information/fda-advises-restaurants-and-retailers-not-serve-or-sell-and-consumers-not-eat-certain-chopped-clams#:~:text=The%20US%20Food%20and%20Drug,%2F331%20and%2023%2F333%2C

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