July 14, 2024

Taylor Shellfish Fanny Bay Oysters Recalled For Possible Vibrio

Taylor Shellfish Fanny Bay Oysters are being recalled in Canada for possible Vibrio parahaemolyticus contamination. The oysters were distributed to hotels, restaurants, and institutions, and were also sold at the retail level in these provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec. And some were exported to the United States. The recalling firm is Taylor Shellfish Canada ULC doing business as Fanny Bay Oysters. The recalled products include Taylor Shellfish Canada ULC/Fanny Bay Oysters brand Cloudy Bay Oysters in sizes Petite, Xsmall, Small, and Medium. There is no UPC number for these products. The lot number is 38336, the Harvest Area is 14-08, and the Landfile number is 278757. Also recalled is the same brand of Sunseeker Oysters. They come in sizes Petite, Xsmall, … [Read more...]

FDA Warns About Fanny Bay Oysters Containing Vibrio Bacteria

The FDA is warning restaurants and consumers about Fanny Bay Oysters from British Columbia, Canada that may be contaminated with Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria. The oysters were recalled in Canada. The oysters were distributed to restaurants in California and Washington, were sold at the retail level in those states, and may have been distributed to other states. Certain oysters from Fanny Bay Oysters that were harvested on October 17, 2023 from harvest area 14-8, Landfile #278757, with final harvest/process dates of October 25, 2023 and October 26, 2023 are the focus of this advisory. The implicated products include Small and Xsmall Sunseeker Oysters with Lot Number 38336 and wet storage lot numbers (W/S Lot #) w72297 and w72240. Vibrio bacteria are found naturally in coastal … [Read more...]

CDC Issues HAN Report About Severe Vibrio Vulnificus Infections

The CDC has issued a HAN Report about severe Vibrio vulnificus infections that are associated with warming coastal waters. The report is to notify healthcare providers, laboratories, and public health departments about recent reports of fatal Vibrio vulnificus infections from food and infected wounds, and to warn the public about this issue. Vibrio causes about 80,000 human illnesses every year in the United States. About a dozen species of this pathogen are pathogenic to humans. Vibrio parahaemolyticus causes the most infections, follow by Vibrio alginolyticus. About 150 to 200 Vibrio vulnificus infections are reported to the CDC every year. About 20% of these infections are fatal. Vibrio species live in coastal waters, including salt water and brackish water, which is a mixture … [Read more...]

How Do You Know If You Have a Vibrio Parahaemolyticus Infection?

How do you know if you have a Vibrio parahaemolyticus infection? This illness is caused by a type of bacteria that grows in marine water and can grow in shellfish. The pathogen causes an illness called vibriosis. Vibrio bacteria¬†are found naturally in marine coastal waters, in saltwater, and in rivers and streams where freshwater meets saltwater. It is usually present in levels that are low enough to cause no problems, but it grows and multiples rapidly when water temperatures are high. Most vibrio illnesses and outbreaks occur in the summer months. Most cases of vibriosis are caused by eating raw and undercooked shellfish. Even fully cooked seafood can be recontaminated if rinsed with seawater after cooking. Other issues that can cause rapid bacteria growth include not keeping … [Read more...]

Washington Vibrio Outbreak Linked to Oysters From Samish Bay

A Washington Vibrio parahaemolyticus outbreak¬†has sickened multiple people, according to the Washington State Department of Health. The outbreak is linked to oysters harvested in Samish Bay. The notice posted in the Shellfish Safety Map alert page says that there are multiple confirmed Vibrio illnesses. That bay is now closed to oyster harvesting. The closure period is for 21 days, but the closure may be extended if environmental test results of thermostable direct hemolysin (TDH) and TDH-related hemolysin (TRH) levels are in excess of 10 MPN/gram. The closure notice was posted on July 16, 2021. No one can harvest oysters in that Bay for the next 21 days, or when officials lift the closure. The number of cases "has already surpassed the highest number of cases ever recorded by … [Read more...]

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