Avanti recalls frozen shrimp from major outlets over salmonella concerns

Avanti Frozen Foods is recalling some shrimp products from multiple stores including Whole Foods, Kroger, Albertsons for possible salmonella contamination.

As per the recall notice on the Food and Drug Administration website, nine cases of salmonella-related illnesses associated with the products have been reported. Affected products comprise several sizes of frozen cooked, deveined, peeled, shrimp (with some packed with cocktail sauce) sold in different unit sizes, which were circulated across the country from November 2020 to May 2021.

The recall is an expansion of one from the end of June, and the company stated that it has been initiated with precautions and will cover plenty of products that have not been linked with any illness.

The FDA together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating the outbreak of salmonella illnesses in many states associated with consuming frozen cooked shrimp produced by Avanti Frozen Foods of India. The CDC updated its food safety alert on Monday.

The CDC stated that the recalled shrimp was sold under many brand names, including Ahold, 365, Big River, Chicken of the Sea, Censea, CWNO, Food Lion, First Street, Hannaford, Honest Catch, Harbor Banks, HOS, Nature’s Promise, Meijer, Open Acres, Sea Cove, Sandbar, Wellsley Farms, Waterfront Bistro, and WFNO Brands.

Whole Foods Market enlists two of the products on its recall page. Hannaford and Meijer were among the retailers who sold the affected products. Albertsons and Kroger also listed recalled products on their websites. The full list of affected products is available on the FDA recall page.

As per CDC, many people who fall sick from salmonella suffer from fever, diarrhea, and stomach cramps six hours to six days after being exposed to the bacteria. The sickness normally lasts for four to seven days, and many people recover without treatment.

Avanti mentioned that it has taken many preventive steps and initiatives to eliminate any possibility for future contaminations.

From starting of August till now, around 60,000 pounds of raw, frozen chicken and 2 million dehumidifiers have been recalled.

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