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Salmonella Shrimp Outbreak

Posted in Food Safety,Our Blog,Outbreaks & Recalls,Salmonella on June 26, 2021

The CDC and FDA have identified another Salmonella outbreak – this one linked to Frozen Cooked Shrimp products. This Salmonella Shrimp Outbreak comes after an import alert back in March. Here’s what we know:

Quick Facts:

  • Illnesses: 6
  • Hospitalizations: 2
  • Deaths: 0
  • States: 2,
  • Recall: Yes

The Investigation of the Salmonella Shrimp Outbreak

As of June 25, 2021, six people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Weltevreden have been reported from two states (see map). Illnesses started on dates ranging from February 26, 2021, to April 25, 2021 (see timeline).

Sick people range in age from 30 to 80 years, with a median age of 56 years, and 66% are female. Of five people with information available, two have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

The true number of sick people in an outbreak is likely much higher than the number reported, and the outbreak may not be limited to the states with known illnesses. This is because many people recover without medical care and are not tested for Salmonella. In addition, recent illnesses may not yet be reported as it usually takes 3 to 4 weeks to determine if a sick person is part of an outbreak.

State and local public health officials interviewed people about the foods they ate in the week before they got sick. Of the five people interviewed, all reported eating shrimp before getting sick.

CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are collecting different types of data to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Weltevreden infections.

The Salmonella Shrimp Outbreak Recall

Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback data show that frozen cooked shrimp supplied by Avanti Frozen Foods was contaminated with Salmonella and is making people sick.

This outbreak was first detected by FDA when a sample of Avanti Frozen Foods shrimp collected for testing at import was found to be contaminated with Salmonella Weltevreden. Using the PulseNet system, investigators identified several people that are part of this outbreak by WGS. WGS showed that the Salmonella from the shrimp are closely related to bacteria from sick people.

FDA conducted a traceback investigation using purchase records from locations where four sick people bought shrimp. Based on their purchase locations and dates, FDA identified a common shipment of frozen cooked shrimp; a supplier of this shipment was Avanti Frozen Foods.

So, Avanti Frozen Foods Pvt. Ltd, with an abundance of caution, is recalling certain consignments of various sizes of frozen cooked, peeled, deveined, shrimp (with some packaged with cocktail sauce) sold in various unit sizes, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The frozen shrimp products were distributed nationwide from late December 2020 to late February 2021.

These are:

Product Description

Unit Size

Container Description

Storage Instructions

Code

Expiration Date

CENSEA, Frozen Cooked, peeled and deveined, Tail Off Shrimps IQF 2 LB Printed Polythene Pouch Frozen 140313D, 140314D, 140315D, 140316D 5/7/2022, 5/8/2022, 5/9/2022, 5/10/2022
CHICKEN OF THE SEA, Frozen Cooked, peeled and deveined, Tail On Shrimps IQF with Cocktail Sauce 16oz Polythene Trays Frozen 91AS/02UN/216, 91AS/03UN/217 5/1/2022, 5/2/2022
HONEST CATCH, Frozen Cooked, peeled and deveined, Tail On Shrimps IQF 1 LB Printed Polythene Pouch Frozen 3150-GFF 11/9/2022
CWNO , Frozen Cooked, peeled and deveined, Tail On Shrimps IQF 7 LB Printed Polythene Pouch Frozen 91AS/06UN/220D, 91AS/07UN/221C, 91AS/23HN/206B, 91AS/24HN/207 1/23/2022, 1/24/2022, 2/6/2022, 2/7/2022
HANNAFORD, Frozen Cooked, peeled and deveined, Tail On Shrimps IQF 1 LB Printed Polythene Pouch Frozen AVF 30920 EF, AVF 31020 EF 10/25/2022, 10/26/2022
WATERFRONT BISTRO, Frozen Cooked, peeled and deveined, Tail On Shrimps IQF with Cocktail Sauce 16oz Polythene Trays Frozen 20305, 20306 10/30/2022, 10/31/2022
OPEN ACRES, Frozen Cooked, peeled and deveined, Tail On Shrimps IQF 1 LB Printed Polythene Pouch Frozen 02572 0307 11, 02572 0308 11 11/2/2022, 11/3/2022
365, Frozen Cooked, peeled and deveined, Tail On Shrimps IQF 2 LB Printed Polythene Pouch Frozen 91AS/29HN/212B, 91AS/30HN/213, 4/29/2022, 4/30/2022
MEIJER, Frozen Cooked, peeled and deveined, Tail On Shrimps IQF 1 LB Printed Polythene Pouch Frozen 29720 49982, 29820 49982, 30220 50736, 30320 50736, 30520 49486, 30620 49486, 30920 50737, 31020 50737 10/22/2022, 10/23/2022, 10/27/2022, 10/28/2022, 10/30/2022, 10/31/2022, 11/3/2022, 11/4/2022

NOTE: Products not bearing these codes are not affected by or involved in this recall.

These products were sold under multiple brand names including 365, Censea, Chicken of the Sea, CWNO, Hannaford, Honest Catch, Meijer, Open Acres, and Waterfront Bistro.

But there was an Import Alert before this Salmonella Shrimp Outbreak?

Yup. Back in March. In March 2021, the shipment of Avanti Frozen Foods shrimp that was found to be contaminated with Salmonella at import was destroyed. Avanti Frozen Foods was added to Import Alert 1681, which allows FDA to detain products at import without physical examination due to the presence of Salmonella.

What does this mean? Well, the FDA tells us:

Salmonella in seafood is directly attributable to fecal contamination of the water environment of the fish, or insanitary conditions and/or temperature abuse in the post-harvest handling/processing. Salmonella are not endemic to the intestinal tracts of finfish, crustaceans, or mollusks. The occurrence of Salmonella in seafood is associated with human or animal fecal contamination of the water environment and/or by contamination of the seafood after the catch or harvest.

FDA expects zero or non-detectable levels of Salmonella in seafood, when analyzed per FDA standard methods listed in the Bacterial Analytical Manual (BAM) or equivalent methods. When seafood is found to be contaminated with Salmonella by BAM methodology or its equivalent, FDA considers the product to be adulterated regardless of whether it is intended to be consumed raw or cooked.

This alert applies to seafood products that appear to be adulterated due to the presence of Salmonella.

What Do We Do Now?

The CDC and FDA have some recommendations for us:

CDC is advising people not to eat, sell, or serve recalled frozen cooked shrimp supplied by Avanti Frozen Foods.

  • Do not eat any recalled products. Throw them away or return them to where you bought them.
  • Wash items and surfaces that may have touched the recalled products using hot soapy water or a dishwasher.
  • Call your healthcare provider if you have one or more of these severe Salmonella symptoms:
    • Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F
    • Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving
    • Bloody diarrhea
    • So much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down
    • Signs of dehydration, such as:
      • Not urinating (peeing) much
      • Dry mouth and throat
      • Feeling dizzy when standing up

About Salmonella

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that each year in the U.S., there are about 1.35 million cases of salmonellosis, with 26,500 hospitalizations and 420 deaths. Contaminated food is the source for most of these cases. Salmonellosis is the second leading cause of foodborne illness in the U.S., after norovirus. Most people who become infected with Salmonella, contract the bacteria from eating raw or undercooked meat, poultry, or eggs, raw or unpasteurized milk and other dairy products, or raw fruits and vegetables that have been contaminated. People can also become infected by handling contaminated food and then accidentally transferring the bacteria from their hands to their mouth. If the bacteria get on to their hands or clothes, people can easily spread it to other people, objects, and surfaces.

Salmonella can present itself as many other common illnesses.

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Headache

As with any food safety issue, it is important to contact your doctor in order to get the right treatment. Salmonella can go away by itself sometimes, but if you have symptoms that are described below, seek medical attention immediately:

  • Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F
  • Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving
  • Bloody stools
  • Prolonged vomiting that prevents you from keeping liquids down
  • Signs of dehydration, such as: making very little urine, dry mouth, and dizziness when standing up

Untreated illnesses can lead to worse conditions. Do not attempt to take care of this alone. Longer exposure could and will lead to complications if not treated.

Our Salmonella Lawyer is Here to Help You

If you believe you have developed Salmonella after eating shrimp in this Salmonella Shrimp Outbreak, we want you to know that a Salmonella lawyer at the Lange Law Firm, PLLC is currently investigating this matter and offering free legal consultations. Our lawyer, Jory Lange, and became a lawyer to help make our communities and families safer.

If you or a loved one have become ill after eating shrimp, you can call (833) 330-3663 for a free consultation or complete the form here.