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The shrimp recalled in 40 states can cause nausea, barfing, the runs, fever and chills

One lot of a shrimp used in sushi served in grocery stores, cafeterias and corporate dining rooms might have a bacteria that causes nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, fever and chills.

And, this might be a horse-is-already-out-of-the-barn recall.

The bacteria is Vibrio parahaemolyticus. The shrimp is AFC Distribution’s Cooked Butterfly Tail-on Whiteleg Shrimp (Sushi Ebi), lot No. 2019.10.02, used in prepared sushi items with sell-by dates from 02/19/2020 to 03/13/2020. AFC announced the recall on the day of the last sell-by date, Friday. The recall notice posted to the FDA site on Monday.

As described by the notice, the shrimp went to AFC’s sushi counters, which processed it into prepared sushi items for the aforementioned locations in 40 states:

Florida, California, Texas, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Illinois, New York, Washington, Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.

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“While AFC has ceased using the recalled ingredient,” the notice said, “we urge anyone who has any AFC product containing Cooked Butterfly Tail-On Whiteleg Shrimp to discard or return product to their point of purchase for a full refund.”

Anyone with questions can call AFC at 866-467-8744, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Eastern time, or email

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