Not to import and sell ready-to-eat raw oysters harvested in Coffin Bay in Australia

Issue Date 23.11.2021
Source of Information

Centre for Food Safety

Food Product

Raw Oysters

Product Name and Description

Ready-to-eat Raw Oysters

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The CFS noticed that Food Standards Australia New Zealand reported that ready-to-eat raw Pacific oysters harvested in Coffin Bay in Australia, which were suspected to be contaminated with Vibrio parahaemolyticus, were under recall.
  • According to the Department of Primary Industries and Regions of the Government of South Australia, the Coffin Bay growing area includes four harvesting areas, namely the Port Douglas harvesting area, the Mt Dutton Bay harvesting area, the Kellidie Bay West harvesting area and the Kellidie Bay East harvesting area.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • The CFS immediately conducted investigation and contacted local major importers for follow-up.
  • The CFS has immediately instructed the trade to suspend the import into and sale within Hong Kong of all ready-to-eat raw oysters from the Coffin Bay growing area.
  • The CFS has instructed the importers concerned to stop sale of, remove from shelves and recall the affected products, and is tracing the distribution of the products concerned.
  • The CFS will inform the Australian authorities and will also notify the local trade. It will continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action to safeguard food safety and public health. Investigation is ongoing.
Advice to the Trade
  • The trade should stop using or selling the products concerned immediately should they possess them.
Advice to Consumers
  • Do not to consume the affected product if they have bought any.
  • Enquiries about the recall can be made to the importers (Worldwide Seafood Limited, hotline: 2911 4989; Diligence Marine Products Limited, hotline: 6732 0690; Caves Asia Company Ltd, hotline: 2423 5118; Oriole Food International Ltd, hotline: 2552 9266; and Pacific Gourmet Hong Kong, hotline: 2511 1034).
Further Information

The CFS press release

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department