A second B.C. seafood company is recalling specific oysters due to possible norovirus.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced on February 22 that Sawmill Bay Shellfish Co. began recalling its brand of Pacific Aquacultured Oysters due to potential norovirus, after a CFIA investigation into a reported foodborne illness outbreak.
Then on February 27, the CFIA announced that another seafood company launched a recall for the same reason.
Richmond-based Union Bay Seafood is recalling specific oysters that were sold in B.C., Alberta, and Manitoba, and may have been distributed nationally.
The affected products are the following Union Bay Seafood oysters sold in five dozens:
- Pacific Oysters Chef Creek Xsm with code “Harvest location: BC 14-8 Landfile: 1402060 Lot: W20200211 Harvest date: 10 Feb. 2020”
- Pacific Oysters Cascadia Xsm with code “Harvest location: BC 14-8 Landfile: 1402060 Lot: W20200211 Harvest date: 10 Feb. 2020”
- Pacific Oysters Royal Miyagi Xsm with code “Harvest location: BC 14-8 Landfile: 1402060 Lot: W20200211 Harvest date: 10 Feb. 2020”
The recall was prompted by a CFIA investigation into the outbreak and there have been reported illnesses associated with consuming these products.
Anyone who has this product should not consume these oysters and any distributors, retailers, and food-service establishments (including restaurants, cafeterias, hotels, hospitals, and nursing homes) should not sure or sell these recalled products. The recalled products should be disposed of or returned to the place of purchase.
Individuals with norovirus illness usually develop symptoms of gastroenteritis can start as early as 12 hours after exposure, but usually begin within 24 to 48 hours with sudden onset.
Main symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, stomach cramps, low-grade fever, headache, chills, muscle aches, and fatigue or tiredness.
Most people feel better within one or two days, with symptoms resolving on their own, and experience no long-term health effects.
More information about noroviruses is available at the Health Canada website.