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Recalled for Contamination
Atlanta, GA (SafetyAlerts) - Certified Shellfish dealers in Georgia have been
notified to remove from distribution and/or sale oysters in the shell (shell stock) and
shucked oysters harvested during the period of January 4 through 21, 2000 from the Cat
Point area of Apalachicola Bay (identified and tagged as area 1642) and to notify all of
their retailers to return the products because of possible contamination.
The Florida Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services health epidemiologist has determined that oysters harvested from
this area were associated with recent clusters of food borne illness caused by Norwalk
This virus is usually a self-limited,
mild to moderate disease that often occurs in outbreaks, with clinical symptoms of nausea,
vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, headache, low-grade fever or a combination of these
symptoms. The gastro-intestinal symptoms usually last 24-48 hours. This disease sometimes
gets transmitted because oysters become contaminated with human fecal material that
carries the virus.
For additional information contact
the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at (850) 488-5471.
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