Kawasho Foods Inc. expands recall of canned shrimp

Rhode Island Department of Health. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCEM R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Department of Health is advising consumers that Kawasho Foods Inc. is expanding their recall of canned geisha medium shrimp.

Officials said the recall was expanded because of concern that the products are under-processed and could be contaminated with a bacteria called clostridium botulinum.

The bacteria is known to cause a severe form of food poisoning that can start from six hours to two weeks after eating food contaminated with the toxin.

Health officials said common symptoms of clostridium botulinum include:

  • Double-vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Muscle weakness

Officials report in severe cases, the toxin can also cause respiratory paralysis, resulting in death unless mechanical ventilation is provided.

The recalled product was distributed to retailers nationwide from December 2022 through April 2023, according to the DOH.

The DOH said the recalled products are packaged in a four-ounce metal can with UPC 071140003909 on the back of the label. This is the only product affected by this recall.

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