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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Oysters Recall Due To Norovirus

The FDA is warning consumers not to eat raw or partially cooked shellfish from Copano Bay, in Aransas County, Texas, harvested between Dec. 26, 2013 and Jan. 9, 2014. Alby’s Seafood  has issued a recall of the oysters harvested on Dec. 26; however, other shellfish harvested from Copano Bay before it was closed may still be in the marketplace. Oysters harvested from Copano Bay linked to norovirus illnesses in Louisiana
 Oysters harvested from Copano Bay, Texas, on Dec. 26, 2013, and then shipped by Alby’s Seafood of Fulton, Texas, have been linked to six norovirus illnesses in Louisiana.  The Texas Department of State Health Services closed Copano Bay to shellfish harvesting on Jan. 9, 2014.
All shellfish dealers, restaurants, retail food establishments and consumers are advised to check the identity tags on all containers of shellfish in their inventories. If the tag indicates the shellfish were harvested from Copano Bay between Dec. 26, 2013 and Jan. 9, 2014 the product should be disposed of and should not be sold, served or eaten.
The FDA is warning consumers not to eat raw or partially cooked oysters from Copano Bay, in Aransas County, Texas, harvested between Dec. 26, 2013 and Jan. 9, 2014. Shellfish harvested from Copano Bay during this time period may contain norovirus.
Oysters harvested from Copano Bay, Texas, on Dec. 26, 2013, then shipped by Alby’s Seafood of Fulton, Texas, have been linked to six norovirus illnesses in Louisiana. The Texas Department of State Health Services closed Copano Bay to shellfish harvesting on Jan. 9, 2014. Alby’s Seafood has also issued a recall of the oysters harvested on Dec. 26, 2013; however, other shellfish harvested from Copano Bay before it was closed may still be in the marketplace.
Norovirus causes acute gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines). The most common symptoms are nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. The illness often begins suddenly and norovirus can make people feel extremely ill with frequent vomiting and diarrhea. Most people get better within one to two days. Dehydration can be a problem among some people with norovirus infection, especially the very young, the elderly, and people with other illnesses.
Consumers who may have purchased Texas shellfish in bulk recently should check the identity tags on all containers of shellfish in their possession. If the tag indicates the shellfish were harvested from Copano Bay between Dec. 26, 2013 and Jan. 9, 2014 the product should be disposed of and should not be eaten or served. Consumers who have containers of shucked shellfish in their possession and who are uncertain about the origin should contact the place of purchase to determine if the oysters are from Copano Bay between Dec. 26, 2013 and Jan. 9, 2014.
All shellfish dealers, restaurants, and retail food establishments are advised to check the tags and labels on all containers of shellfish in their inventories. If the tag indicates the shellfish were harvested from Copano Bay between Dec. 26, 2013 and Jan. 9, 2014 the product should be disposed of and should not be sold, served or eaten. If the product is shucked the dealer, restaurant or retail food establishment is advised to check with the certified shellfish dealer from whom the product was purchased to determine if it was harvested from Copano Bay. If harvested from Copano Bay between Dec. 26, 2013 and Jan. 9, 2014 the product should be disposed of and should not be sold, served or eaten.
he FDA encourages consumers with questions about food safety to call 1-888-SAFEFOOD Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. eastern time or to consult the fda.gov website: www.fda.gov.

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