July 14, 2020

Norpac Fisheries Garlic Shrimp Poke Recalled For Possible Listeria

Norpac Fisheries is recalling Norpac Fisheries Garlic Shrimp Poke because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. All fresh shrimp poke distributed in Hawaii between May 11, 2020 and June 25, 2020 is recalled. No illnesses have been reported to date to the company in connection with this problem.

Norpac Fisheries Garlic Shrimp Poke Recalled For Possible Listeria

The Garlic Shrimp Poke was sold on the Big Island, Maui, Ohio, and Kauai through retail customers, more specifically in Safeway Stores. Any fresh shrimp poke sold during that time period from those stores may potentially be contaminated.

The Shrimp Poke is sold as pre-mixed in plastic pouches and go to service counter, and then is also dished out in different weight increments into a “deli cup.”

The company learned about the problem during its routine food safety monitoring procedures. The shrimp was sent to an independent lab for analysis. The company received a positive test result for Listeria on June 25, 2020, so they are proceeding as if all the shrimp from their supplier is contaminated. They have ceased production and distribution of the product as the FDA and the company investigate the problem.

If you purchased fresh Shrimp Poke produced by that company, do not eat it. There is zero tolerance for Listeria monocytogenes contamination in ready to eat foods. You can throw it away in a secure garbage can, or take it back to the store where you bought it for a full refund.

If you stored the product in your refrigerator, you should clean the fridge with a mild bleach solution to kill any remaining bacteria. Listeria monocytogenes can grow at refrigerator temps, and freezing doesn’t ‘kill it. Wash your hands with soap and water after handling this product and after eating.

If you ate any of this Shrimp Poke, monitor your health for the symptoms of listeriosis for the next 70 days. Symptoms include high fever, stiffness, nausea, severe headache, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Pregnant women may feel like they have a mild case of the flu, but this illness can cause miscarriage and stillbirth. If you do feel sick, see your doctor.

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