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Public Health Emerging Issues

July 7, 2021

 

FOOD SAFETY ALERT: NATIONWIDE SALMONELLA AND LISTERIA CONCERN PROMPTS CHICKEN, SHRIMP RECALLS

 

Shrimp Linked to Salmonella

  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local partners, is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to the consumption of frozen cooked shrimp.
  • The manufacturer, Avanti Frozen Foods, issued a recall because of the possible contamination. 
  • Six illnesses have been reported in Nevada and Arizona with two hospitalizations.
  • The shrimp was sold under multiple brand names including 365, Censea, Chicken of the Sea, CWNO, Hannaford, Honest Catch, Meijer, Open Acres, and Waterfront Bistro.

Symptoms of Salmonella:

  • Most people infected with Salmonella experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.
    • Symptoms usually start 6 hours to 6 days after swallowing the bacteria.
    • Most people recover without treatment after 4 to 7 days.
  • Some people—especially children younger than 5 years, adults 65 years and older, and people with weakened immune systems—may experience more severe illnesses that require medical treatment or hospitalization.
  • More information about salmonella can be found here.

 

 Chicken Linked to Listeria 

    • A food safety alert has been issued for frozen, fully cooked chicken products, such as chicken strips and diced chicken, and products made with fully cooked chicken, supplied by Tyson Foods Inc.
    • The recall involves more than 8 million pounds of chicken that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause listeriosis.
    • The products subject to recall have establishment number “EST. P-7089” on the product bag or inside the USDA mark of inspection. 
    • The items were shipped nationwide to retailers and institutions, including hospitals, nursing facilities, restaurants, schools, and Department of Defense locations.
    • Long-term care facilities, hospitals, and other facilities that serve people at higher risk for severe Listeria illness should take extra precautions.
      • Listeria is particularly harmful to people who are 65 years or older, pregnant or have a weakened immune system.
      • All of the sick people in this outbreak ate foods served at a long-term care facility or hospital.

Symptoms of Listeria illness:

    • Symptoms of severe illness usually start 1 to 4 weeks after eating contaminated food. However, symptoms can start as late as 10 weeks after.
      • Pregnant people usually experience only fever, fatigue, and muscle aches. However, Listeria can cause pregnancy loss or premature birth. It can also cause serious illness or death in newborns.
      • People who are not pregnant may experience headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions, in addition to fever and muscle aches.
    • Listeria can also cause common food poisoning symptoms, like diarrhea and fever. People who experience these symptoms usually recover without treatment.
    • More information about listeria can be found here.

 

What You Should Do

  • If you have either of these products, do not eat them. Throw them away or return them to where you bought them.
  • Clean and sanitize any utensils, dishes, or surfaces in your kitchen that have come into contact with these recalled products. Find more info about how to clean and sanitize here.  
  • Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday.