Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

October 01, 2010 21:40 ET

CFIA/Expanded Health Hazard Alert: Certain Raw Oysters May Contain Foodborne Pathogens

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 1, 2010) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The public warning issued on September 30, 2010 has been expanded to include various additional raw oysters. These raw oysters were harvested between September 7 and 21, 2010 from site 23-6 (land file #1403799) of the Effingham inlet Vancouver Coastal region of British Columbia.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume various types of the raw oysters described below because they may contain foodborne pathogens.

The following raw oysters are affected by this alert:

Processed & Distributed By Type of Oysters & Size Code (Lot #) Distributed in
Evening Cove Oyster Processing Ltd.,
Nanaimo, BC
Effingham XSM
(5 dozen)
FP 150
FP 150 W
FP 155
FP 155 W
FP 158
FP 158 W
British Columbia
Albion Fisheries Ltd.,
Victoria, BC
Effingham XSM
(variable quantity)
416703
416704
416789
416790
416893
416894
British Columbia
Pacific Rim Shellfish
(2003) Corporation,
Vancouver, BC
Pacific Rim Petite
(variable quantity)
1090804 British Columbia
Albion Fisheries Ltd. , Vancouver, BC Pacific Rim Petite
(5 dozen)
172688 British Columbia and Alberta
Effingham XSM
(5 dozen)
173235 British Columbia
Sea World Fisheries Ltd., Vancouver, BC Live Effingham Inlet
Shell Oyster
(5 dozen)
NW-OY-10090701 British Columbia
NW-OY-10092101 British Columbia and Ontario

These raw oysters were distributed to various retail and institutional clients. In addition, these oysters may have been sold in smaller quantities at some retail seafood counters. Consumers who are unsure whether they have the affected product are advised to check with their retailer or supplier.

There have been illnesses associated with the consumption of these raw oysters. Symptoms of the reported illness include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and stomach cramps.

The CFIA is collaborating with its partners, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BC CDC), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Health Canada to investigate these illnesses. This investigation is ongoing.

Food contaminated with foodborne pathogens may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these organisms may cause foodborne illness, sometimes called food poisoning. Symptoms vary by organism, but can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, fever, headache, dizziness and neck stiffness. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may be more at risk.
The processors and distributors listed above are voluntarily recalling the affected oysters from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

For information on the Common Causes of Foodborne Illness, visit the Food Facts web page at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/causee.shtml

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at: http://active.inspection.gc.ca/eng/corp/recarapp_dbe.asp 

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: www.foodsafety.gc.ca. Food and consumer product recalls are also available at http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • CFIA Media Relations
    1-613-773-6600