On the 26th of February, 2023, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) published Kawasho Foods USA Inc.’s voluntary recall of their GEISHA Medium Shrimp product.
One lot of Kawasho Foods USA Inc. GEISHA Medium Shrimp is reportedly being recalled due to “…swelling, leaking, or bursting cans.” The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) shared that there is concern of GEISHA Medium Shrimp being contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, due to the product possibly being under processed. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Clostridium botulinum contamination is dangerous because it creates Botulism, a “rare but serious illness caused by a toxin that attacks the body’s nerves and causes difficulty breathing, muscle paralysis, and even death.” While the bacteria, Clostridium botulinum, rarely sickens people, their spores can “…grow and make one of the most lethal toxins known. The conditions in which the spores can grow and make toxin are: low-oxygen or no oxygen (anaerobic) environment, low acid, low sugar, low salt, a certain temperature range, as well as a certain amount of water…When people eat these foods, they can become seriously ill, or even die, if they don’t get proper medical treatment quickly.”
For the convenience of customers’ exact identification of the affected Kawasho Foods USA Inc. GEISHA Medium Shrimp, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) shared the following description: “The GEISHA Medium Shrimp is packaged in a 4oz. metal can, with UPC 071140003909. The one lot being recalled is LGC12W12E22; BEST BY: MAY/12/2026 and this code appears on the bottom of the product can.” The recalled GEISHA Medium Shrimp were distributed by Kawasho Foods USA Inc. to the states of Utah, Arizona, California and Colorado- to the retailers Safeway, Albertsons, Walmart, Associated Food Stores, and Stater Bros Markets.
Due to the afore-mentioned potential health risks, individuals have been strictly advised to not consume Kawasho Foods USA Inc. GEISHA Medium Shrimp.