Salmonella spurs Illinois company to recall frozen shrimp

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A Northbrook, IL, company is recalling an undisclosed amount of frozen shrimp imported from Vietnam and distributed in nine states because of Salmonella contamination.

recall Censea shrimpCensea Inc., also known as Central Seaway Co. Inc., is recalling “A-PAC” brand headless shell on black tiger shrimp from restaurants, retailers and wholesalers after tests by the Arizona Department of Health Services showed Salmonella in the not-ready-to-eat seafood.

The four-pound blocks of frozen shrimp were packed six to a carton, according to the recall notice posted Monday night on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.

The Illinois company distributed the frozen shrimp from Vietnam to businesses in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois and Texas. The recalled shrimp can be identified by the date code 36009V.

No illnesses had been reported in connection with the recalled shrimp as of the posting of the recall notice Monday.

“If you are in possession of this product you should discard it, but retain proof of purchase information, such as a purchase receipt or photo of the product packaging, and contact Censea for a full refund,” according to the recall notice.

“We have setup a hotline to deal with this issue. The phone number for the hotline is 888-312-5995 and it is available Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CDT. You may also contact Aaron Breen by e-mail at aaron@censea.com.”

Salmonella is a microscopic organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea that may be bloody, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.

 

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