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Kroger Issues Recall for Shrimp Sold in Ohio, Michigan, Virginia

By Zachary Stieber

Kroger issued a recall for shrimp products sold in three states, saying the products could be contaminated.

“The product may be under-cooked, which could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens,” the company said in the recall (pdf).

“Please return the product to this store for a full refund.”

People who bought the products should not consume them and should return them to the store at which they purchased the shrimp, Kroger said.

The recall is only for shrimp products sold in central and northwest Ohio, Michigan, and northwest Virginia, a Kroger spokesperson told CBS. The recall included Fry’s, King Soopers, and Smith’s, which are all grocery stores owned by Kroger.

All of the recalled bags of shrimp have sell-by dates of Aug. 25 and Aug. 26, 2020, according to WDIV.

The recalled products are as follows:

Sand Bar cooked shrimp 26/30, two-pound packages, UPC code 11110-64115.
Shrimp cooked, tail-on, 26/30, frozen service case, UPC 69439-XXXXX, package size varies.
Shrimp, grab and go service case, UPC 69447-XXXXX, package size varies.
Shrimp cooked, 26/30, seasoned, service case, UPC 69472-XXXXX, package size varies.
Shrimp cooked, 26/30, tail on, frozen service case, UPC 89439-XXXXX, package size varies.
Shrimp cooked, service case, UPC 89461-XXXXX, package size varies.
Shrimp cooked, seasoned, 26/30, service case, UPC 98107-XXXXX. Package size varies.
Shrimp cocktail, 26/30, UPC 99479-5XXXX, package size varies.
Shrimp, cooked, peeled, 26/30, UPC 40401-370681, two-pound packages

Consumers can contact the Aqua Star Consumer Hotline at 1-800-232-6280 with any questions.

“We are sorry for this inconvenience. Your safety is important to us,” the company stated.

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Illustration of salmonella bacteria. (CDC)

Salmonella

Eating undercooked or raw meat, poultry, eggs, or egg products is typically the cause of salmonella, a common bacterial disease that affects the intestinal tract.

“Salmonella bacteria typically live in animal and human intestines and are shed through feces. Humans become infected most frequently through contaminated water or food. Typically, people with salmonella infection have no symptoms. Others develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps within eight to 72 hours,” according to the Mayo Clinic.

“Most healthy people recover within a few days without specific treatment. In some cases, the diarrhea associated with salmonella infection can be so dehydrating as to require prompt medical attention. Life-threatening complications also may develop if the infection spreads beyond your intestines. Your risk of acquiring salmonella infection is higher if you travel to countries with poor sanitation.”

It’s not clear if the shrimp that was recalled originated in the United States or another country.

Shrimp to Become Part of Program

Shrimp and abalone were set to become part of the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) by the end of the year, as required by Congress, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“will be mandatory for foreign shrimp products to be accompanied by harvest and landing data and for importers to maintain chain of custody records for shrimp and abalone imports entering the U.S.,” the agency stated earlier this year.

“The inclusion of shrimp—the largest US seafood import—and abalone in SIMP nearly doubles the volume and value of imported fish and fish products subject to its requirements, further leveling the playing field for U.S. fishermen, aquaculture producers, and seafood producers around the world who play by the rules.”

According to the Associated Press, citing data from the administration, the United States imported more than 6 billion pounds of seafood valued at more than $21.5 billion in 2017. America also exported more than 3.6 billion pounds valued at about $6 billion.