Avanti Frozen Foods announced a recall on various shrimp products on June 25th due to Salmonella contamination. Several weeks later, on August 16th, the company along with the FDA and the CDC have expanded the recall. The updated and far more expansive recall is due to several hospitalizations from Salmonella-related illness, one of which ate shrimp products that were outside of the initial recall.
The new list has over 25 frozen shrimp products, including the products in the initial recall. While most people probably don’t recognize the India-based food company, Avanti, their products are sold in popular retailers like Target and Whole Foods. Avanti sells products under such labels as Whole Food’s 365 brand, Hannaford’s Nature’s Promise, and Chicken of the Sea. Check the list below for all recalled shrimp products:
The initial outbreak in June was said to have been cleared up later in July. Now, three new illnesses tied to the contaminated shrimp have been identified by the CDC. This brings the total to nine illnesses across four states – Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, and Rhode Island. 1/3 of those cases required hospitalization.
According to the CDC, nearly 1.4 million Americans experience Salmonella sickness every year. Those most at risk are children and the elderly, though anyone can get sick from this bacterial infection. Common symptoms include fever, stomach ache, vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration.
Consumers should check their freezers for any shrimp products on the recall list. The CDC suggests not only throwing away the products, but sanitizing any surfaces, plates, and/or silverware that have touched the shrimp. For more information on Salmonella, check out the CDC’s health page!SKM: below-content placeholder