August 3, 2020

Korean Shellfish Ban Expands to Include Canned Products

The FDA amended an earlier Korean shellfish ban, adding canned products to the list of adulterated foods.

FDAapprovedOn May 1, 2012, the FDA removed all Korean certified shippers of oysters, clams, mussels, and scallops from the Interstate Certified Shellfish Shippers List. The FDA determined that the Korean Shellfish Sanitation Program did not meet sanitation controls because some harvesting areas may be contaminated with human waste.

Originally, fresh, processed, and frozen seafood was considered adulterated. On May 25, 2012, the FDA added canned shellfish to the ban. The products may be contaminated with norovirus, the leading cause of foodborne illness.

All Korean shellfish products must be removed from the market. If you have purchased any of these products, do not eat them; return to the place of purchase or discard them.

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