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06/29/2021

Albertsons Cos. Recalls Shrimp Due to Possible Salmonella

16-ounce frozen Waterfront Bistro shrimp cocktail rings being removed from banners
Marian Zboraj
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Albertsons Cos. Recalls Shrimp Due to Possible Salmonella
Supplied by Avanti Frozen Foods, the 16-ounce Waterfront Bistro shrimp cocktail ring was available in Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions, United, Amigos, Market Street and Albertsons Market stores.

Albertsons Cos. is removing certain frozen Waterfront Bistro shrimp products from its banners due to potential Salmonella contamination. The removal follows  the recall made by Asian supplier Avanti Frozen Foods Pvt. Ltd.

The 16-ounce Waterfront Bistro shrimp cocktail ring with sauce was  available in California, New Mexico and Texas from the following store banners: Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions, United, Amigos, Market Street and Albertsons Market. Customers may have purchased the shrimp in stores, or  online for Drive Up & Go or grocery delivery, beginning in January 2021.

Avanti's official recall announcement can be found here. Other retail partners of Avanti that are affected in the recall include Whole Foods Market, Hannaford Supermarkets and MeijerAvanti issued its recall after the FDA identified Salmonella during prior testing of Avanti’s imported shrimp. The company didn't distribute that prior shipment, which was destroyed. Subsequent voluntary recalls are being made out of an abundance of caution.

There haven’t been any reports yet of illness associated with Albertsons' Waterfront Bistro shrimp cocktail rings. However, there have been six reports of Salmonella-related illness to date associated with Avanti’s other distribution partners. 

Salmonella is an 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, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. 

Customers who purchased the affected shrimp products are asked to discard or return them to the place of purchase for a refund.

In other seafood news, a few weeks ago, Albertsons revealed that it had met its goal of responsibly sourced sushi 18 months ahead of schedule. The food retailer said that 100% of its stores’ prepared sushi is now aligned with the company’s Responsible Seafood Policy, which provides sustainable and traceable seafood from environmentally and socially responsible sources.

Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons operates 2,277 retail stores with 1,725 pharmacies, 400 associated fuel centers, 22 dedicated distribution centers and 20 manufacturing facilities. The company’s stores predominantly operate under the Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Carrs, Jewel-Osco, Acme, Shaw’s, Star Market, United Supermarkets, Kings Food Markets and Haggen banners. Albertsons is No. 8 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2021 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America. Meanwhile, Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods is No. 26; Scarborough, Maine based Hannaford's parent company, Ahold Delhaize USA, is No. 10; and Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer is No. 18 on the list. 

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