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If you have purchased a can of shrimp from Walmart, Albertson’s, or Safeway recently, you are certainly going to want to read on and learn more.

As it turns out, these stores have had to recall these cans of shrimp over health concerns. The finished product may not have been processed enough.

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Now, the stores are working to address the issue, as each can may have a certain amount of harmful bacteria trapped inside. Kawasho Foods USA Inc. is responsible for the recall that was issued by the FDA, as they are working to find out more about the locations where one lot of the potentially contaminated GEISHA Medium Shrimp were sold. The four ounce cans were starting to swell, burst, and leak.

“There is a possibility that the product has been under processed, which could lead to the potential for spoilage organisms or pathogens,” the recall notice reads.

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The cans may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. This is a form of bacteria that can produce very dangerous toxins when it is subjected to low oxygen conditions. The World Health Organization is also issuing warnings on the topic.

“Foodborne botulism, caused by consumption of improperly processed food, is a rare but potentially fatal disease if not diagnosed rapidly and treated with antitoxin,” WHO states. Health officials have also spoken out about the potential dangers that are associated with foodstuffs that have been canned, preserved or fermented. They may require additional preparation since they commonly serve as a source of botulism.

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We are happy to report that no adverse reactions have been reported at the present moment. The company is still urging customers to get rid of their cans, even if they are not experiencing any current issues. According to the company, “consumers should not use this product, even if it does not look or smell spoiled.” If you would like to find out whether you have a can that needs to be tossed, just check for the following markers.

Each four ounce metal can comes with the lot code LGC12W12E22 and has a best by date of May 12, 2026. The cans were also distributed to Walmart, Associated Food Stores, Stater Bros Markets, Safeway, and Albertsons stores.

The recall notice states that customers in the states of California, Utah, Arizona and Colorado are the ones who are affected.