Frozen Shrimp Recall Expanded Due to Salmonella Risk

The products were sold under several brand names across the U.S.

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A nationwide recall of frozen shrimp from Avanti Frozen Foods, first announced on June 25, 2021, was expanded to include additional brands, the Food and Drug Administration said. The shrimp have been linked to an outbreak of salmonella that has sickened nine people in four states: Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, and Rhode Island. No deaths have been reported.

The products are cooked, peeled, deveined frozen shrimp, some packaged with cocktail sauce, sold under several brand names. Newly recalled brands are: Ahold, Big River, CWNO Brand, First Street, Food Lion, Harbor Banks, Nature’s Promise, HOS, Sandbar, Sea Cove, Wellsley Farms, and WFNO Brands. Previously recalled brands include: 365, Censea, COS (Chicken of the Sea), Hannaford, Honest Catch, Meijer, Open Acres, and Waterfront Bistro. The product was shipped to stores between November 2020 and May 2021. (You can find the full list of package sizes, lot codes, and expiration dates on the FDA’s website.)

The recall also includes packages of some types of sushi sold at Mai Cuisine counters in Target stores and Genji Pacific counters in Whole Foods Market stores in California only with “best by" dates of August 13 and August 14.

“Consumers who have purchased frozen shrimp should check their freezers to see if the shrimp are part of the recall,” says James E. Rogers, PhD, director of food safety and testing at Consumer Reports.

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Recalled products should be thrown away or taken back to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.

Avanti Frozen Foods did not immediately return CR’s request for comment.

Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and last about four to seven days. Having a high fever, aches, headaches, tiredness, a rash, or blood in the urine or stool indicates a more severe illness, which in some cases can become fatal, so contact your doctor if you have any of these symptoms. Salmonella can be fatal, especially for children under age 5, older people, and anyone with a compromised immune system.

The Details

Products recalled: Frozen, cooked, peeled, deveined shrimp sold under the following brands: 365, Ahold, Big River, Censea, COS (Chicken of the Sea), CWNO Brand, First Street, Food Lion, Hannaford, Harbor Banks,  Honest Catch, HOS, Meijer, Nature’s Promise, Open Acres, Sandbar, Sea Cove, and Waterfront Bistro, Wellsley Farms, and WFNO Brands. See the FDA’s list of product sizes, codes, and expiration dates here

The problem: The shrimp may be contaminated with salmonella.

The fix: Return recalled shrimp to the store where you purchased it for a full refund.

How to contact the manufacturer, which is in India: Call +91 4023310260 or +91 4023310.

Editor’s Note: This article was updated to include information about the recall expansion. It was originally published on June 25, 2021.

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Lisa L. Gill

As a dorky kid, I spent many a Saturday at the Bloomington, Ind., public library, scouring Consumer Reports back issues for great deals. Now, as a (much) bigger kid, that's still my job! Identifying products and services, especially in healthcare, that are safe, effective, and affordable—and highlighting those that aren't—is my top concern. Got a tip? Follow me on Twitter ( @Lisa_L_Gill)