Is It Safe to Eat Raw Shrimp?

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Shrimp sashimi, or raw shrimp, can be safely consumed under some circumstances, although this is considered to be a high-risk raw food that should be purchased and consumed with great care, according to the Centre for Food Safety. The marine shrimp that are most often used to make shrimp sashimi are susceptible to pathogens and bacteria, including Vibrio cholerae, a bacteria that can cause cholera and other digestive diseases. Those who plan to prepare raw shrimp at home or eat it in a restaurant should be cautious, inspecting the shrimp to make sure it has been kept cold and does not have an unpleasant or spoiled appearance, taste or smell.