Hardie’s Crabmeat has been identified as the source of a  Salmonella outbreak, according to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. The Hardie’s crab meat Salmonella outbreak includes five illnesses in Maine and New Hampshire. Two people have been hospitalized.

Hardie’s Crabmeat in Deer Isle, Maine produced the implicated crab meat which was sold at multiple locations throughout Maine. Consumers who purchased Hardie’s crab mat products produced between June 15, 20210 and August 15, 2021, should not eat them. Freezing does not kill Salmonella.

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection, which include nausea, fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, usually develop within six to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. Small children,  seniors, and people with compromised immune systems are more likely than others to develop severe infections.

The hospitalization rate for this outbreak is about twice the average rate of 20 percent. This may be an indicator that the outbreak strain is particularly virulent, or because some outbreak patients are in the high-risk group.

Salmonella don’t live in the digestive systems of fish, crustaceans, and mollusks. So, when seafood derived from these animals is contaminated with Salmonella, it is due to human or animal fecal contamination of the water where they lived or were processed. Maine health officials say that the crab meat linked to this outbreak was likely contaminated during preparation and packaging. However, they don’t believe the problem is ongoing.

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