Food Recall Warning - Certain Pacific Oysters recalled due to a marine biotoxin which causes Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP)

Recall date:
October 16, 2017
Reason for recall:
Marine Biotoxin
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Albion Fisheries Ltd. (Richmond), Union Bay Seafood Ltd.
Distribution:
British Columbia, Quebec
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
Reference number:
11782, 11793

Recall details

Ottawa, October 16, 2017 - Industry is recalling certain Pacific Oysters (farm raised) from the marketplace due to a marine biotoxin which causes Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP). Consumers should not consume, and retailers, hotels, restaurants and institutions should not sell, serve or use the recalled products described below.

Recalled products

Processor Address Product Code Purchase Dates
Albion Farms and Fisheries Ltd. 1900 No. 6 Road, Richmond, BC Oysters in shell, farmed All sizes under P.O. NO. 87606 Sold from October 9 to October 16, 2017, inclusively.
Union Bay Seafood Ltd. #170-2288 No. 5 Rd., Richmond, BC Pacific Oysters, Effingham Inlet, farm-raised All sizes under Lot 20171010NWAQ Sold from October 10 to October 16, 2017, inclusively.

What you should do

If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home or establishment. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the location where they were purchased.

Paralytic shellfish toxins are a group of natural toxins that sometimes accumulate in bivalve shellfish that include oysters, clams, scallops, mussels and cockles. Non-bivalve shellfish, such as whelks, can also accumulate Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins. These toxins can cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) if consumed. Symptoms of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) include tingling and numbness of the lips, tongue, hands and feet, and difficulty swallowing with an onset of a few minutes and up to 10 hours after consumption. In severe situations, this can proceed to difficulty walking, muscle paralysis, respiratory paralysis and death.

Background

This recall was triggered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) test results. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.

Illnesses

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

More information

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

Media enquiries

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