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Health Hazard Alert - Certain oysters and clams from Connecticut (USA) may contain Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
August 7, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - Other
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Company / Firm:
Les Pêcheries Norref Québec Inc., 2683881 Canada Inc., Allseas Fisheries Corp., Daily Seafood Inc.
Distribution:
Ontario, Quebec
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
Reference number:
8228, 8231, 8233, 8237

Advisory details

Ottawa, August 7, 2013 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the oysters and clams described below because they may be contaminated with Vibrio parahaemolyticus.

Consumers who are unsure if they have purchased affected oysters or clams should contact their retailer.

The Canadian importers are voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recalls.

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture announced a recall of oysters and clams from certain harvest areas, reporting that they were implicated in a number of illnesses in the US. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these oysters and clams in Canada. More information on the US recall is available at http://www.ct.gov/doag/cwp/view.asp?Q=529440&A=1401.

The following oysters and clams, sold in various weights and counts, are affected by this alert:

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Code(s) on Product Additional Info
-- Blue point oysters or Atlantic oysters Codes or dates of sale
Sold from July 3/13 to August 6/13, inclusively
Sold from
Loblaw, 17 Leslie St., Toronto ON
Loblaw, 60 Carleton St., Toronto ON
Loblaw, 3671 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke ON
Loblaw, 5010 Glen Erin Dr., Mississauga ON
Loblaw, 10 Lower Jarvis St., Toronto, ON
Loblaw, 396 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto ON
-- Littleneck clams Codes or dates of sale
Sold from July 3/13 to August 6/13, inclusively
Sold from
Loblaw, 60 Carleton St., Toronto ON
Loblaw, 1740 Richmond St. N., London ON
Real Canadian Superstore, 1385 Harmony Rd. N., Oshawa ON
Zehrs, 200 Franklin Blvd., Cambridge ON
-- Cherrystone clams Codes or dates of sale
Sold from July 3/13 to August 6/13, inclusively
Sold from
Loblaw, 3040 Wonderland Rd. S, London ON
Real Canadian Superstore, 30 Kingston Rd. W., Ajax ON
Real Canadian Superstore, 1385 Harmony Rd. N., Oshawa ON
Real Canadian Superstore, 361 South Service Rd., Grimsby ON Loblaw, 1740 Richmond St. N., London ON
Real Canadian Superstore, 825 Oxford St. E., London ON
Sobeys, 7654 Tecumseh Rd. E., Windsor ON
Sobeys, 94 Bridgeport Rd., Kitchener ON
Sobeys, 3714 Portage Rd., Niagara Falls ON
Zehrs, 200 Franklin Blvd., Cambridge ON
-- Oysters Codes or dates of sale
Sold from July 3/13 to August 6/13, inclusively
Sold from
Domenic’s Fish Market, St. Lawrence Market, Toronto, ON
-- Blue point oysters Codes or dates of sale
Harvest sites CT-79, CT-105, CT-109 and CT-207 and harvest dates from July 3/13 to Aug. 2/13, inclusively.
Sold from
Certain retailers in Quebec and Peter's Wholesale Meats, Ottawa ON.

More information

Food contaminated with Vibrio parahaemolyticus may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause vibriosis, a food borne illness. Symptoms include watery and/or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, headache, fever, and chills. Symptoms usually appear about 12-24 hours after eating contaminated food products, but the onset can range from four to 96 hours. Severe illness is rare and occurs more commonly in persons with weakened immune systems.

For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page.

For more information, consumers and industry can contact the CFIA by filling out the online feedback form.

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