Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

August 08, 2013 01:20 ET

Health Hazard Alert: Certain Oysters and Clams From Connecticut (USA) May Contain Vibrio Parahaemolyticus Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 8, 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.

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

Product Codes or dates of sale Sold from
Blue point oysters
or Atlantic oysters
Sold from July 3/13
to August 6/13,
inclusively
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 Sold from July 3/13
to August 6/13,
inclusively
Loblaw, 60 Carleton St., Toronto ON
Loblaw, 1740 Richmond St. N., London ON
Real Canadian Superstore, 1385 Harmony Rd. N., Oshawa ON
Real Canadian Superstore, 825 Don Mills Rd., Toronto ON
Real Canadian Superstore, 825 Oxford St. E., London ON
Real Canadian Superstore, 1205 Oxford St., London ON
Sobeys, 125 The Queensway, Toronto ON
Zehrs, 200 Franklin Blvd., Cambridge ON
Cherrystone clams Sold from July 3/13
to August 6/13,
inclusively
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 Sold from July 3/13
to August 6/13,
inclusively
Domenic's Fish Market, St. Lawrence Market, Toronto, ON
Blue point oysters Harvest sites CT-79,
CT-105, CT-109 and
CT-207 and harvest
dates from July 3/13
to Aug. 2/13, inclusively.
Certain retailers in Quebec and Peter's Wholesale Meats, Ottawa ON.

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.

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, consumers and industry can contact the CFIA by filling out the online feedback form at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/contactus.

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/recalls

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