Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

August 10, 2007 00:52 ET

Health Hazard Alert: Recall of Oysters from Hood Canal 6 Growing Area in Washington State Due to Vibriosis Outbreak in USA

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - August 10, 2007) - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Albion Fisheries Ltd. are warning the public not to consume certain oysters described below as they may be linked to a Vibriosis outbreak.

The oysters affected by this alert were harvested from the Hood Canal 6 growing area in Washington state between July 3 and August 3, 2007. These oysters were imported to British Columbia and mainly distributed to food service establishments. They were also sold from the following retail stores:



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Name Sales Period
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Country Grocers, 1153 Esquimalt Road,
Victoria, BC August 2 to 8, inclusive
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Mad Dog Crabs, 775 Canada Avenue,
Duncan, BC August 2 to 8, inclusive
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Peninsula Co-op, 2132 Keating Cross
Road, Saanichton, BC August 4 to 8, inclusive
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Thrifty's, 6th and England Avenue,
Courtney, BC August 3 to 8, inclusive
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Thrifty's, 280 East Island Highway,
Parksville, BC August 2 to 8, inclusive
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Village Food Markets, 6661 Sooke Road,
Sooke, BC August 4 to 8, inclusive
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The importer, Albion Fisheries Ltd., of Vancouver, British Columbia, is voluntarily recalling these oysters from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of this recall.

The Washington State Department of Health reported that these oysters have been linked to six cases of Vibriosis in California. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these oysters in Canada.

Vibriosis is caused by a naturally occurring bacterium, Vibrio parahaemolyticus . Symptoms include watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, headache, fever and chills. Symptoms usually appear about 12-24 hours after eating infected shellfish. Severe disease is rare and occurs more commonly in persons with weakened immune systems.

For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

Albion Fisheries Ltd., Michelle Argue at 604-875-9424 ext. 357.

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 Shellfish Food Safety Facts, visit the Food Facts web page at
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/specif/bivalvee.shtml.

For information on receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our web site at www.inspection.gc.ca.

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