Frozen cooked shrimp has become a freezer staple for many, thanks to being a quick and easy way to add protein to salads, pastas, and any number of other meals. But if it’s in your freezer at the moment, you’re going to want to check the label.
That’s because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the expansion of a recall first issued in June 2021 on frozen cooked shrimp sold at retailers nationwide, over concerns that it may be contaminated with Salmonella. Here’s what to know.
What kind of shrimp is being recalled?
The shrimp in question was distributed by Avanti Frozen Foods Pvt. Ltd, and includes various sizes of frozen cooked, peeled, deveined shrimp (with some packaged with cocktail sauce) sold in several different unit sizes. The shrimp products are being recalled because of potential Salmonella contamination.
As of August 13, there had been nine reports of Salmonella-related illness associated with these shrimp, the FDA reports. While there have not been Salmonella cases resulting from every brand of the recalled shrimp, the FDA and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) decided it was best to include them in the recall out of an abundance of caution.
What to do if your shrimp is part of the recall
The frozen shrimp products included in the recall were distributed nationwide between November 2020 to May 2021, and sold at major retailers including Whole Foods, Target, Meijer, and Food Lion. This page of the FDA website contains a list of the specific items, brands, codes, and expiration dates of the recalled frozen shrimp.
If you have purchased any of the frozen shrimp products that are part of the recall, don’t eat them, and return them to the place of purchase. If you have any questions, you can contact Avanti Frozen Foods Pvt. Ltd at +914023310260 or +914023310261, Monday through Friday, from 12:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. ET (the company’s customer service department is located in India).