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Outbreak Summary

A multistate outbreak of Salmonella Weltevreden illnesses has been traced back to various sizes of frozen cooked, peeled, deveined, shrimp sold by Avanti Frozen Foods. A recall has been issued for products sold under a variety of brand names, including: Censea, Hannaford, Open Acres, Waterfront Bistro, Honest Catch, Chicken of the Sea, 365, and Meijer.

At least 9 people were sickened in this outbreak, with 3 of them hospitalized. The known illnesses were spread across the country in Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, and Rhode Island.

On July 21, 2021, the CDC declared this outbreak to be over. But on August 16th, an expanded recall was issued after additional illnesses were reported, some of which involved products not subject to the initial recall. Thus, OFT’s Salmonella lawyers are still actively investigating this outbreak, and this page will update as we uncover more information. If you or a loved believe you were sickened in this outbreak, please call or contact us using the form on the page for a free consultation.

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Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Frozen Cooked Shrimp Distributed by Avanti Frozen Foods

At least 9 people in 3 states have been sickened in an outbreak of Salmonella Weltevreden linked to frozen cooked shrimp products distributed by Avanti Frozen Foods. Illnesses linked to the products have been reported in Arizona, Michigan, Nevada and Rhode Island:


A recall has been issued for dozens of products containing the frozen shrimp. A full list is available here. Several sushi products containing shrimp sourced from Avanti have also been recalled: sushi containing cocktail shrimp by Genji Pacific LLC, Shrimp Tempura Kabuki Roll by Mai Cuisine Inc., and sushi containing cocktail shrimp by Mai Franchising Inc. Given that the product is frozen shrimp, consumers are advised to check their freezers to make sure that they do not possess the tainted products.

Salmonella Weltevreden

There are more than 2,500 serotypes of Salmonella, but fewer than 100 cause infections in humans. One of these illness-causes strains is a serotype called Weltevreden, and it is responsible for the current outbreak. Salmonella poisoning can be so severe that it requires people to be hospitalized. Indeed, two people sickened in this outbreak so far have been hospitalized.

Salmonella can even be fatal when the infection leaves the intestines and travels to the bloodstream or other parts of the body. It is also possible to experience long-term side effects, including joint pain known as reactive arthritis, which is also known as Reiter’s Syndrome. This can last for months or years and result in chronic arthritis, which is difficult to treat. Reactive arthritis can also lead to eye irritation and painful urination. In rare cases, some types of Salmonella cause typhoid fever, which can be fatal.

OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers Can Help

OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers was built to get the answers you need and the results you deserve. We have recovered millions for our clients and have forced the food industry to become safer for all of us.

Our Salmonella lawyers are renowned within the food safety industry, believe in the cases we take, and have the courtroom experience to get results. We handle food injury cases nationwide and are ready to put our knowledge, experience, and resources behind your case.

Contact us for more information

OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers is a national law firm that focuses on food safety and protection of those who have been infected. We have experience with all types of outbreaks, including Salmonella. We offer free consultations to anybody potentially impacted by a food poisoning outbreak, and will offer honest advice about whether it makes sense to file a Salmonella lawsuit.

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