If you have purchased GoldCoast Blue Crab Spread from Costco that has an expiration date of January 31, 2013, you definitely do not want to eat it! GoldCoast Salads, based in Naples, Florida, is carrying out a voluntary recall of their Blue Crab Spread as a result of possible Listeria contamination.
It seems that Costco has sent out more than 180,000 letters to customers that bought the crab spread to inform them of this recall. The Blue Crab Spread packages that are being recalled, as I mentioned, are labeled with an expiration date of 01/31/2013 and were sold in 1 pound and 8 ounce sizes. The crab spread was distributed along the North and South East US. If you have this, please please, don’t eat it and just return it to Costco for a refund. If you have any other questions, contact GoldCoast Salads at 239.513.0430. You can read the GoldCoast recall letter online.
Listeria is a bacterial food borne illness that can be very dangerous to pregnant women, newborns, elderly people, and adults with weakened immune systems. Listeria can lead to very serious illnesses and can be much worse, and far more lethal, than other forms of food borne illnesses. In short, it isn’t something to mess around with at all. So, don’t chance it and return your crab spread to Costco to be safe.