Listeria concerns prompt grocers to recall frozen shrimp

Grocers are recalling bags of frozen shrimp sold across five Southeastern states after routine testing found possible listeria inside, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

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In a recall notice published Friday by the FDA, officials said Southeastern Grocers is recalling frozen jumbo cooked shrimp sold at its Fresco y Mas, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.

The affected products were identified 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.

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Officials said they discovered possible listeria inside the bags of shrimp and have since suspended sale of the product. The FDA and Southeastern Grocers are investigating the source of the problem.

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 throw it away or return it to any Fresco y Mas, Harveys Supermarket or Winn-Dixie store for a full refund.