Norpac Fisheries Export of Hawaii has recalled their “Fresh Shrimp Poke” product due to concerns of Listeria contamination. The Listeria contamination was found during routine food safety testing and results confirmed a Listeria contamination on June 25, 2020. The Fresh Shrimp Poke was sold in plastic deli cups at a serving counter, being sold in various increments. The contaminated Fresh Shrimp Poke product was sold from May 11, 2020, to June 25, 2020, throughout the Hawaiian islands: The Big Island, Maui, Oahu, and Kauai in Safeway Stores and other retail markets. No illnesses from the contaminated product have been reported as of date. Those who have purchased Fresh Shrimp Poke are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with concerns or questions may contact Norpac Fisheries at 1-808-842-3474 Monday through Friday 8am. – 5pm HST (Hawaii standard time).
According to the CDC, Listeria monocytogenes is the foodborne illness causing bacteria that causes the infection listeriosis. Listeriosis can be a severe infection for those with weakened immune systems, such as the elderly, children, those with autoimmune disorders, and pregnant women, who are at the upmost risk. In pregnant women, listeriosis often presents as flu-like symptoms, such as a fever, muscle aches, and fatigue. Pregnant women are 10 times more likely to be infected with listeriosis than anyone else and the infection often results in a severe infection in the fetus and even the loss of the fetus. In those that are not pregnant women, listeriosis symptoms include confusion, a stiff neck, loss of balance, fever, muscle aches, and a headache. Symptoms of listeriosis typically develop 1 to 4 weeks after consumption, though cases have presented symptoms as early as one day and as late as 70 days after exposure. If you believe you are suffering from listeriosis, contact your physician immediately for the best course of treatment.