Grocers expand frozen shrimp recall prompted by listeria concerns

Grocers on Friday expanded a recall of frozen shrimp sold at stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi due to a possible listeria contamination.

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Southeastern Grocers issued a recall last week on jumbo cooked shrimp sold at Fresco y Mas, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie stores. In a notice published by the Food and Drug Administration, officials said the recall came after routine testing found possible listeria inside bags of frozen shrimp.

Last week, Southeastern Grocers identified the affected products as 16-ounce 16 to 20-count bags of Fisherman’s Wharf brand frozen shrimp with best-by dates of 04/05/2023 and the UPC No. 2114003262. On Friday, the company expanded the recall to include frozen shrimp with best-by dates of 04/06/2023.

Southeastern Grocers has suspended sale of the shrimp at its stores as company officials and the FDA continue to investigate the source of the issue.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, according to the FDA. Symptoms of an infection include fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion and convulsions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pregnant women who are infected often experience only fever and other flu-like symptoms, but officials warned a listeria infection during pregnancy can lead to stillbirths or miscarriage.

Officials advised anyone who bought the shrimp under recall to throw it away or return it to any Fresco y Mas, Harveys Supermarket or Winn-Dixie store for a full refund.