Salmonella detected in frozen shrimp

The Ministry of Health (Minsal) confirmed having found salmonella in a batch of frozen Sea Quest shrimp.

The bacterium was detected by the Institute of Public Health, within the framework of the National Microbiological Food Safety Surveillance Program, in a sample of frozen cooked shrimp sold in supermarkets of Unimarc chain.

The product comes in a 200 gram bag and is of Chinese origin. The contaminated food is from batch 006, and its expiration date is March 11, 2018.

Minsal informed that the product of the corresponding batch is distributed only through Unimarc chain. These stores are being inspected and the corresponding products are being removed.

Meanwhile, the population having the products corresponding to the identified batch has been asked to return them to their supplier.

The detected products are being denatured.

Salmonella is a bacterium that can be transmitted from animals to humans and is widely distributed in the animal kingdom, with birds and their derivatives being the most common sources of infection.

It usually occurs as outbreaks of foodborne disease (FBD). In most cases it presents as self-limiting gastroenteritis, but in some cases, the invasion of the microorganism can cause septicemia and serious health problems to people.