The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that Greenhead Lobster Products is recalling all frozen and refrigerated cooked lobster meat products produced from May 9, 2023 through October 19, 2023. These products have the potential to be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes.
The recalled products were sold frozen or refrigerated in packages ranging from 1 to 2 lbs. or in cases up to 12 lbs. and can be identified with "best if used by" dates ranging from May 9, 2025 to October 12, 2025 for frozen products, and May 27, 2023 to October 30, 2023 for refrigerated products. The "best if used by" date is located on the white label on the front of the package.
Products were directly distributed to Maine and New Hampshire and then sold nationwide through wholesale distributors and online via e-commerce.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that 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.
Although none of the recalled products has tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, the recall is being conducted based on the presence of the organism in the processing environment. No other Greenhead Lobster retail products are impacted by this recall, including raw products.
Consumers who have purchased any of the products listed should not consume the product and can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
The company's customer service desk is available to answer questions at Recall@greenheadlobster.com.