Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

October 07, 2010 23:29 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Certain Raw Oysters and Mussels Sold in British Columbia May Contain Paralytic Shellfish Toxin

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 7, 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 serve or consume the raw oysters and mussels described below because these products may contain paralytic shellfish toxins that can cause illness if consumed.

The following oysters and mussels, harvested from Subarea 15-4, are affected by this alert:

Producer Product Size Lot code Harvest Date
Albion Fisheries Ltd.
 # 1906
Oyster N/Shell
Royal Miyagi XS
5 dozen Albion Lot # 173668 and
173716
OCT03/10
Albion Fisheries Ltd
 # 1906
Oyster N/Shell
Little Wing
5 dozen Albion Lot # 173667 OCT03/10
Aquatec Seafoods Ltd. Mussels Various Landfile # 235011 OCT04/10
Taylor Shellfish Canada ULC DBA Fanny Bay Oysters Gallow Mussles Various Landfile # 2405189 OCT03/10

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

There have been no reported cases of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) associated with the consumption of these products.

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 PSP toxins. These toxins can cause PSP if consumed. Symptoms of PSP include tingling and numbness of the lips, tongue, hands and feet, and difficulty swallowing. In severe situations, this can proceed to difficulty walking, muscle paralysis, respiratory paralysis and death in as quickly as 12 hours.

The shellfish processors 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 more information on Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) visit the Food Facts web page at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/redroue.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
    613-773-6600