October 8, Seafood Recall
On October 8, 2021, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported a Salmonella outbreak linked to seafood distributed to restaurants and grocery stores in Colorado. The seafood types include Haddock, Monkfish, Bone-in Trout, Grouper, Red Snapper, Red Rock Cod, Ocean Perch, Pacific Cod, Halibut, Coho Salmon, Atlantic Salmon Portions, Lane Snapper, Tilapia, All Natural Salmon Fillet, Pacific Sole, and Farm Raised Striped Bass. Sick people reported eating a variety of types of raw and cooked seafood in restaurants and grocery stores. Northeast Seafood Products was identified as a common supplier where some ill people ate or shopped. The outbreak affected 102 individuals in 14 different states.
Salmonella is the most common foodborne pathogen but is rarely associated with seafood. Most seafood related foodborne illnesses are linked to Listeria, which is easier to kill by heat than Salmonella. Salmonella has a higher resistance to heat allowing the pathogen to persist on raw and cooked foods. In consideration of Salmonella’s resilience, consumers of seafood products should be extra cautious. If you have a recalled product at home, do not eat or cook them. Instead, throw them away or return them to the place you bought them at. Also, wash surfaces and containers that may have come in contact with the recalled product with soap and hot water. If you are unsure if your seafood products came from Northeast Seafood Products, throw it away to be safe.
Salmonella infections can lead to fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps. Most symptoms arise between 6 hours to 6 days after ingesting the contaminated food and most people recover within 4-7 days without any treatment. People with compromised immune systems, including young children and elderly people, may experience severe symptoms that may require medical treatment or hospitalization.
For more information visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/thompson-10-21/index.html or the FDA website at https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/outbreak-investigation-salmonella-thompson-seafood-october-2021.