What You Need To Know About The Recent Frozen Shrimp Recall

Multiple brands of frozen cooked shrimp are being recalled after the Food and Drug Administration reported a potential salmonella contamination, according to Delish. So far, six people across the country have reported illnesses in connection to the recall. According to the FDA, the affected products were in circulation across the country from late December 2020 to late February 2021, which means if you bought a bag of frozen shrimp in the last year, you should stop whatever you're doing and go take a look at it (but please don't put it anywhere near your mouth).

The products in question are bags of frozen peeled, deveined, cooked shrimp, some of which come with packages of cocktail sauce, from Avanti Frozen Foods. If you don't recognize that name, that doesn't mean you're in the clear. Avanti sells its products under multiple brand names to many major grocery chains throughout the US. The FDA has listed all the potentially contaminated brands on its website; some familiar names include 365 (Whole Foods' name brand), Chicken of the Sea, Meijer, and Honest Catch, among others.

You don't want to mess with salmonella

So, if you bought a bag of frozen cooked shrimp in the last year from Whole Foods or another major grocery store, you should check the brand name ASAP. If it's one of the brands listed on the FDA's website, throw the bag out and don't look back. And definitely, definitely don't eat it.

Salmonella contamination can lead to infection, and symptoms usually develop within six days of ingestion, per the CDC. This could mean diarrhea, fever, chills, and stomach cramps. While symptoms typically resolve themselves within a week or so, this is one infection you don't want to get, and it's certainly not worth the bowl of thawed shrimp cocktail you were planning on eating for dinner (let's be honest, you didn't really want to eat that, anyway).

The bottom line is, when a product gets recalled, it's typically for good reason. We suggest being extra cautious and tossing that shrimp where it belongs — in the garbage.