The major supermarket chain, Kroger, has announced a recall of cooked shrimp products out of concern that they are raw or undercooked (and, thus, not fit for consumption).
In a recent statement, the grocery store giant reports that nine of its pre-cooked shrimp products may be undercooked and that could result in “contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens.”
While the recall does not necessarily list a specific pathogenic caution, one of the most common food-borne illness is salmonella. This bacteria is typically cooked out of foods but has been found on prepared products over the past few years.
Symptoms of salmonella infection include mild flu-like symptoms—abdominal cramping, fever, chills, diarrhea, and vomiting—and typically appear within 7 to 10 days of infection.
This recall includes Kroger brand shrimp products described as:
- Sand Bar Peeled / Cooked Shrimp 26/30 CPTO (2Lb only) UPC 1110-64115
- Shrimp Cooked, Tail-On 26/30 Frozen Service Case UPC 69439-XXXXX
- Shrimp Grab & Go Service Case UPC 69447-XXXXX
- Shrimp Cooked 26/30 Seasoned Service Case UPC 69472-XXXXX
- Shrimp Cooked Tail-On 26/30 Frozen Service Case UPC 89439-XXXXX
- Shrimp 26/30 Cooked Service Case UPC 89461-XXXXX
- Shrimp Cooked 26/30 Seasoned Service Case UPC 98107-XXXXX
- Shrimp Cocktail 26/30 UPC 99479-XXXXX
- Peeled Cooked Shrimp 26/30 (2Lb only) UPC 40401-370681
These nine products would also have Production Dates between Aug 25 and 26 of 2018 and Sell By Dates between Aug 25 and 26 of 2020.
It should also be noted that Kroger also sells these products at other stores they own, not just Kroger stores. This includes other retailers like Fry’s, Smith’s grocery, and King Soopers; but may not include all retail stores owned by Kroger. For example, Kroger owns Harris Teeter stores but none of the listed shrimp products found at these Northern Virginia locations appear to be affected by the recall. To clarify, most of the affected products appear to have been sold primarily in Ohio, Virginia, and Michigan.
Of course, anyone who have purchased any of these nine varieties of shrimp from a Kroger retail store—regardless of their location—should dispose of the product immediately; and they can returned to the retailer for a full refund.
For more information on the affected products, you can call this hotline for a recorded message regarding the recall: 1.800.232.628