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Recall of Raw Oysters in the United States Due to Possible Contamination with Vibrio parahaemolyticus

Notification Date

9 August 2007

Source of Information

U.S. Washington State Department of Health

Food Product

Raw oysters

Product Description

Oysters harvested from the Hood Canal 6 growing area.

Harvesting Period

From 3 July to 3 August 2007.

Reason for Recall

Connection with illness due to Vibrio parahaemolyticus.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

The CFS has alerted the trade and has been following up with the U.S. authorities. The CFS will continue to closely monitor the situation and take action as appropriate.

Advice to the Trade

Stop selling the affected batch of oysters.

Advice to Consumers

Consumers who have purchased the affected products should stop consuming them.

Oysters should be cooked thoroughly before consumption.

Susceptible groups like young children, pregnant women, the elderly and persons with weakened immunity should avoid eating raw oysters.

The public should seek medical advice if symptoms develop.

Further Information

The CFS press release

The CFS pamphlet on Vibrio parahaemolyticus Food Poisoning

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
9 August 2007

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