- FDA expanded frozen shrimp recall following surge in salmonella cases.
- The main national chain stores affected are Target, Whole Foods and Meijer.
- Avanti Frozen Foods’ Growing Shrimp Recall Now Includes Cooked, Peeled and Cleaned Products Sold Nationwide.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded a nationwide frozen shrimp recall due to a salmonella outbreak affecting major national chain stores such as Target, Whole Foods and Meijer .
Avanti Frozen Foods’ growing shrimp recall now includes cooked, peeled and cleaned products sold nationwide in various frozen package sizes between November 2020 and May 2021, according to FDA officials.
Shrimp recall due to increased salmonella cases
“This expansion of the recall was initiated due to a large number of precautions and will cover a large amount of product that has not been associated with any disease, but which has been carried out after discussions with the FDA and CDC and reflects Avanti’s commitment to public health and safety, ”the agency said.
Brands within the frozen shrimp recall include Whole Foods’ popular 365 product line, as well as white goods from the national supermarket chains Meijer and Food Lion, reported The New York Times.
Risk at other points of sale
According to the FDA report, batches of the contaminated products may have been sold at Mai Sushi inside some Target stores in California, as well as at Genji Sushi inside some Whole Foods Markets, also in California.
The FDA first issued its nationwide recall of Avanti-brand shrimp products in June of this year. At that time, six people had become ill with salmonella after eating the shrimp. To know the complete list of affected brands, click HERE.
The company Avanti Foods would have distributed shrimp of the brands 365, Censea, Chicken of the Sea CWNO, Hannaford, Meijer, Honest Catch, Open Acres and Waterfront Bistro, which were imported to the United States between December 2020 and February 2021.
Despite their import date, the FDA explains that they may have sold the frozen packages more recently. He also specified that some of these brands even come with a cocktail sauce.
The six reported cases of salmonella that were related to frozen shrimp were recorded in the states of Arizona and Nevada, where two people were hospitalized, reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Although the cases are still concentrated in only two states of the country, the authorities warned that the product was sold throughout the United States, so they recommend the population not to eat, sell, or serve these frozen shrimp to customers from Avanti Frozen Foods.
Don’t eat these shrimp
The authorities recommend that consumers who bought frozen shrimp from some of the aforementioned brands, return the packages to the stores where they purchased them for their money to be reimbursed.
If anyone still has concerns, they can contact the Avanti Frozen Foods company at +914023310260 and +914023310261 to solve their doubts. The hours of operation of this telephone line are from 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon.
Taking care of getting sick from salmonella
Salmonella is a bacterial disease that causes serious infections, which in the case of young children, people with weakened immune systems or the elderly, can be fatal. People can begin to notice symptoms between six hours and six days after being exposed to the bacteria.
Healthy people who get salmonella may experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain, but most recover without treatment in about four to seven days, the CDC reported. Filed Under: Shrimp Recall.
Figures in the United States
The CDC count shows that salmonella affects 1.35 million Americans each year, hospitalizes about 26,500 and kills 420 people, the Miami Herald reported. Salmonella mostly affects the elderly, children under 5 years of age, and people who have immune system problems.
This is not the first time the FDA has issued a recall for salmonella-contaminated products in the United States. Recall of frozen shrimp due to a salmonella outbreak.
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