Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

September 24, 2010 01:30 ET

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

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2010) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

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

The following Effingham XSM (extra small) raw oysters are affected by this alert:

Processed By Size Code
Albion Fisheries Ltd.,
Vancouver, BC
5 dozen oysters
per bag
Lot # 172688
Albion Fisheries Ltd.,
Vancouver, BC
5 dozen oysters
per bag
Lot # 172929
Sea World Fisheries Ltd.,
Vancouver, BC
5 dozen oysters
per bag
NY-OY-10091401

In addition, these raw 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.

These raw oysters are known to be distributed in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. However, they may have been distributed in other provinces.

There have been reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these raw oysters.

The CFIA is collaborating with its partners, Vancouver Costal 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 of raw oysters are voluntarily recalling the affected products 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