Company recalls more shrimp as patient count increases in Salmonella outbreak

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More than two dozen shrimp products are now being recalled because of a link to a Salmonella Weltevreden outbreak.

As of today, Aug. 13, the Food and Drug Administration is reporting that Avanti Frozen Foods Pvt. Ltd. has agreed to recall additional package sizes and brands of the frozen cooked, peeled, deveined, shrimp, some of which is sold with cocktail sauce. 

There is concern that consumers may have the frozen shrimp in their homes because of their long shelf life. Some of the recalled shrimp has use-by dates stretching into 2023. The frozen shrimp products were distributed nationwide from November 2020 to May 2021, according to the company’s recall notice posted by the FDA.

“There have been 9 reports of Salmonella-related illness to date associated with these cooked shrimp distributions,” the expanded recall notice says.

At lease two people have been hospitalized.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not updated its outbreak page since July 21 when it reported six people with two hospitalizations were sick. That notice declared the outbreak over, but the agency frequently receives of reports of additional illnesses after declaring an outbreak over.

“This recall expansion has been initiated out of an abundance of precaution and will cover a large amount of product that has not been associated with any illness but been undertaken following discussions with FDA and CDC and reflects Avanti’s commitment to Public health and safety,” according to the recall notice posted by the FDA.

Earlier this week the FDA posted a public alert about the shrimp.

“Since July 21, 2021, additional cases have been identified in this outbreak. At least one ill person consumed shrimp that are not a part of the current recall. Due to this new information, on August 10, 2021, the FDA asked the firm to expand its current recall to prevent additional illnesses. As of August 11, 2021, the firm has not initiated an expanded recall. FDA is continuing discussions with the firm and will provide more updates when available,” according to the public alert.

Consumers can use the chart below to determine whether they have the recalled shrimp in their homes.

Background

June 25, 2021
A positive import sample combined with epidemiological and traceback evidence indicates that this outbreak is linked to frozen cooked shrimp manufactured by Avanti Frozen Foods. FDA’s traceback investigation identified a common shipment of shrimp that could have been consumed by ill people. The product from this shipment was all sold thawed at retail and is no longer available for sale. Due to the potential for contamination with Salmonella, on June 25, 2021, Avanti Frozen Foods recalled certain frozen cooked, peeled, deveined shrimp products imported into the U.S. from December 2020 to February 2021. Recalled shrimp were sold under various brand names and package sizes, including shrimp packaged with cocktail sauce. A full list of recalled brands and product information is available in the recall announcement.

The FDA is working with the firm to determine if there are additional shrimp that have been affected and should be recalled. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

On January 26, 2021, an imported sample of Avanti Frozen Foods shrimp was collected as a routine part of the FDA’s Imported Seafood Compliance Program. Analysis of the sample showed the presence of Salmonella Weltevreden. At the time, there were no known associated illnesses or closely related isolates of this strain.

In March 2021, as a result of the positive test, this shipment was refused admission into the U.S. and was destroyed, and the importing firm was added to Import Alert 16-81, which allows the FDA to detain products without physical examination due to the presence of Salmonella.

In April 2021, three clinical isolates collected from ill people were reported to be closely related to the isolates collected from the import sample. As of June 25, 2021, there are now 6 clinical isolates from ill people that are genetic matches to the Salmonella collected from the import sample. Five of the six ill people were interviewed to determine the foods they ate before becoming sick, and all five ill people report eating shrimp. Based on purchase locations and purchase dates available for four ill people, FDA’s traceback investigation identified a common shipment of shrimp that could have been consumed by ill people. The product from this shipment was all sold thawed at retail. This thawed product is past expiration and no longer available for sale.

About Salmonella infections
Food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria does not usually look, smell, or taste spoiled. Anyone can become sick with a Salmonella infection. Infants, children, seniors, and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of serious illness because their immune systems are fragile, according to the CDC.

Anyone who has eaten any recalled products and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention. Sick people should tell their doctors about the possible exposure to Salmonella bacteria because special tests are necessary to diagnose salmonellosis. Salmonella infection symptoms can mimic other illnesses, frequently leading to misdiagnosis.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. Otherwise, healthy adults are usually sick for four to seven days. In some cases, however, diarrhea may be so severe that patients require hospitalization.

Older adults, children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients, are more likely to develop a severe illness and serious, sometimes life-threatening conditions.

Some people get infected without getting sick or showing any symptoms. However, they may still spread the infections to others.

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