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Frozen Shrimp Recalled Nationwide for Salmonella Risk

Frozen Cooked Shrimp Sold at Costco at Risk for Salmonella

Avanti Frozen Foods issued a nationwide recall for frozen shrimp because they could have been contaminated with salmonella.

According to a news report, the brand is pulling the pre-cooked frozen shrimp products sold under nine different brands after six reports of salmonella poisoning.

The recall covers several lots of particular frozen, cooked, peeled, deveined shrimp products sold under brands including 365 by Whole Foods, CenSea, Chicken of the Sea, CWNO, Hannaford, Honest Catch, Meijer, Open Acres, and Waterfront Bistro.

Details of the Recall

The recalled products include plastic pouches and trays of various sizes ranging from 1-7 pounds, some of which were packaged with cocktail sauce. While the items were distributed between December 2020 and February 2021, they may have been for sale more recently, according to a food safety alert issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Anyone who purchased one of these items is advised to throw it out or return it to the place of purchase to receive a full refund. The CDC also recommends cleaning any surfaces or objects that may have been in contact with the recalled products.

So far, there have been six reports of illnesses associated with the distribution of these shrimp products including two hospitalizations. No deaths have been reported. The illnesses occurred in Arizona and Nevada between February and late April of this year. A routine inspection by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed salmonella bacteria.

The CDC, FDA, and state public health officials have collected data on this recent string of reported infections and linked them to the consumption of Avanti shrimp products. CDC is still actively investigating the outbreak and officials say it is likely there are more cases that have not been reported.

If You Have Been Affected

Those who become ill from salmonella typically have symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps from six hours to six days after eating the contaminated food. People with more severe infections may have high fever, aches, lethargy, rashes, and blood in the urine or stool. Salmonella infections can also become fatal. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), salmonella leads to about 420 deaths annually in the United States and thousands of hospitalizations each year.

If you or a loved one has been sickened because of a tainted food product, it would be in your best interest to get prompt medical attention and report your illness to the local health care agency, which tracks outbreaks. An experienced food poisoning lawyer will be able to help you secure compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.

 

Source: https://www.self.com/story/avanti-frozen-shrimp-recall-salmonella-risk

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