The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA is advising restaurants and retailers not to serve or sell and consumers not to eat oysters illegally harvested in Connecticut by Seaview Fisheries LLC. These oysters can be identified by the dealer tag with the original shipper, Seaview Fisheries LLC, CT-084-SS, AQ, and harvest location lots L466B and 466A.
The Oysters were illegally harvested from the Milford Approved area in Connecticut on November 12 and November 15. According to the FDA, the oysters were distributed in Pennsylvania as well as Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, and possibly other states.
The FDA is advising consumers not to eat, and restaurants and food retailers not to sell, and to dispose of oysters because they may be contaminated.
“Oysters harvested illegally may be contaminated with human pathogens, toxic elements, or poisonous or deleterious substances and can cause illness if consumed. Oysters are filter feeders that remove and bioaccumulate bacteria and other pathogens from the water. It is not uncommon for shellfish to be consumed raw and whole. Contaminated oysters can cause illness if eaten raw, particularly in people with compromised immune systems. Oysters contaminated with pathogens may look, smell, and taste normal,” The FDA said.
The FDA is issuing this alert advising consumers not to eat, and restaurants and food retailers not to sell these particular oysters.
The FDA is awaiting further information on the distribution of the oysters and will continue to monitor the investigation and provide assistance to state authorities as needed.
The oysters according to the FDA are marked with Seaview Fisheries LLC, CT-084-SS, AQ, and harvest location lots L466B and 466A.
The FDA said these Oysters could cause food poisoning. The symptoms may vary, depending on the pathogen or contaminant, and can range from mild to serious. The most common symptoms of food poisoning are diarrhea, stomach pain or cramps, nausea, vomiting, and fever.
Symptoms may start within a few hours or may take a few days and can last for a few hours or several days. Consumers of these products who are experiencing food poisoning symptoms such as diarrhea, stomach pain or cramps, nausea, vomiting, or fever should contact their healthcare provider.
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