Frozen shrimp recall expanded after more cases of salmonella: FDA


The US Food and Drug Administration’s national recall of frozen shrimp has been expanded due to salmonella risks.

The ongoing recall of frozen shrimp products from Avanti Frozen Foods includes cooked, peeled and deveined frozen shrimp sold in various packaging sizes, with or without cocktail sauce, at major chain stores nationwide between November 2020 and May 2021, according to FDA officials.

Among the recalled brands are major retailers such are Whole Foods’ popular 365 line of products, as well as national grocery store chains Meijer and Food Lion. Contaminated shrimp also may have been sold at Mai Sushi inside some Target locations in Califorina, as well as at Genji Sushi inside some Whole Foods Markets, also in California.

The FDA first issued its nationwide recall of Avanti shrimp products in June. At that point, six people had fallen ill in cases connected to the company’s frozen product distributed nationwide from late December 2020 to late February 2021.

As of August, nine people in four states — Nevada, Arizona, Michigan and Rhode Island — have contracted salmonella. No deaths have been reported — but three people have been hospitalized, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, vomiting and fever. Most recover from salmonella without treatment within a week, but young children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems could face more serious sickness requiring hospitalization, according to the CDC.

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