FDA warns consumers not to eat Washington raw oysters

September 29, 2011

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to eat raw oysters harvested from an area of Hood Canal in Washington State following an outbreak of illness in that state caused by Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria. Raw oysters harvested and shipped from that area between Aug. 30 and Sept. 19 have been linked to illnesses caused by Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria.

Records obtained by Washington State health officials indicate that raw oysters from this area of the Hood Canal in Washington State were distributed to 23 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Utah, and Washington; and to the countries of China, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Thailand.

The Washington State Department of Health has closed Area 4 of Hood Canal to shellfish harvesting. All product harvested and shipped between Aug. 30 and Sept. 19 has been recalled. Washington State has notified all other states where product was shipped that they should hold and destroy product.

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