Shrimp recall in latest seafood scandal
Another huge recall swept through the seafood industry. On Monday, the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) announcement a refresher on Waitrose Frozen Cooked and Peeled Jumbo Prawns and Essential Frozen Cooked King Prawns. The cooked product would have been mistakenly mixed with an uncooked product, so it is essential to remove these prawns from store shelves.
Both Waitrose products can easily be identified by their size, batch code and expiry dates. Frozen cooked and peeled jumbo prawns were sold in 200-gram packs with lot code VN394, and they may have best before dates “until June 2023 inclusive”. Meanwhile, the essential frozen cooked prawns have been sold in 250 gram packs with the same batch code – VN394 – and their expiration dates are “until February 2024 inclusive”. Sellers and retailers have been notified directly, so hopefully these shrimp are no longer on store shelves.
Customers purchasing these products should check their freezers and be sure to discard all recalled shrimp. The company also posted a point-of-sale recall notice in hopes of reaching customers where possible.
Customers can return both of these products to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. Otherwise, they can simply be thrown away. Eating raw seafood comes with all sorts of potential problems, including salmonella and other foodborne illnesses.
This is Waitrose’s second major recall of the month. The company recalled its Waitrose 2 British Hot Smoked Rainbow Trout Fillets on June 7 due to possible Listeria contamination. Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis infections, which may be mild for some people, but can be dangerous or even fatal for pregnant women, children, the elderly, or immunocompromised people.
Again, Waitrose and the FSA posted point-of-sale recall notices in the hope of reaching customers before the product was consumed. It’s not as common in the US, but you can get food recall information from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). on social networks. The agency usually publishes recall notices on its website then shares them more widely via Twitter and Facebook. People with food sensitivities or allergies can consider setting up notifications for these types of posts.