Eastern Fish Co. issues allergy alert for shrimp after testing by NCDA&CS finds presence of sulfites

By on June 4, 2010

Photo of 16-ounce package of Bloom brand frozen raw extra jumbo shrimp

This is the front of the 16-ounce package of Bloom brand frozen raw extra jumbo shrimp. The back of the package contains the wording "Product of Mexico."

Eastern Fish Co. of Teaneck, N.J., is recalling Bloom brand frozen raw extra jumbo shrimp because the product may contain undeclared sulfites. The recall applies to shrimp sold in 16-ounce packages and at full-service seafood cases in Bloom grocery stores.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of a serious allergic reaction by consuming this product. Sulfites commonly occur in food and do not harm people without sulfite allergies.

The shrimp was distributed to Bloom stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland between April 8 and June 4.

The package of the recalled products contains the wording “Product of Mexico.”

The recall was initiated after routine sampling and testing by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services detected the presence of sulfites. The product was distributed in packaging that did not declare the allergen’s presence.

No allergic reactions to this brand of shrimp have been reported to date.

“Anyone who is sensitive to sulfites should not eat this product,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Consumers who have purchased this brand of shrimp should throw it away or return it to the store where they bought it.”

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  1. shrimp
    June 5, 2010

    I wonder if everybody, especially who brought this product, is alerted about this. I really hope so, I can’t imagine serving this for dinner to your family. Good thing, I always go for fresh shrimp. Always. I’d rather skip on shrimp dinner if I don’t make it in time for the fresh ones, than buy the frozen ones.

  2. Victor
    June 5, 2010

    One truly has to wonder about the oversight of the seafood Industry in America….true…shrimp seems to be on the “allergy” list for many people…so its better safe then sorry…stay well…vic

  3. Kevin Flatt
    June 5, 2010

    How did the sulfites get there in the first place? It seems that batches of various canned and even fresh foods are continuously being found to be contaminated around the world. There has just been a case of mushrooms from China that has now reduced the global supply and increased prices. One has to wonder what will happen if some of these foods escape detection by authorities.