Cans of shrimp sold at major retailers including Walmart, Albertsons and Safeway are being recalled over concerns the product was under-processed and could be contaminated with bacteria, federal health officials said.
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Kawasho Foods USA Inc. has voluntarily recalled one batch of its GEISHA Medium Shrimp after reports that 4 oz. The jars bulged, leaked, or burst, according to a warning issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
“There is a possibility that the product was under-processed, which could lead to spoilage of organisms or pathogens.” revocation notice says.
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According to the World Health Organization, the recall specifically mentions potential contamination with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that produces dangerous toxins (botulinum toxins) in low oxygen conditions.
“Food botulism, caused by eating improperly processed food, is a rare but potentially fatal disease if not diagnosed quickly and treated with an antitoxin,” the WHO said in a statement.
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Health officials noted that homemade canned, canned or fermented foods require additional preparation as they are a common source of foodborne botulism.
According to the recall notice, no medical conditions or “adverse effects” associated with the product have been reported to date.
However, “consumers should not use this product, even if it does not look tainted or smell,” the company warned.
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The affected product was packaged in 4 oz. metal can with batch code LGC12W12E22 with an expiration date of May 12, 2026. The code is on the bottom of the product can.
According to the recall notice, Kawasho Foods USA distributed cans to Walmart, Associated Food Stores, Stater Bros Markets, Safeway, and Albertsons stores in California, Utah, Arizona, and Colorado.