December 6, 1999Geoduck Clams Sold in San
Francisco Bay area Markets Recalled for Toxins
Sacramento, CA (SafetyAlerts) - The California
Department of Health Services (DHS) is advising consumers not to eat geoduck clams from
Washington that were distributed to some San Francisco Bay area markets because they have
high levels of the toxin that causes Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP).
The clams were harvested from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1,
1999, by Jamestown Seafood (JKT Oyster Company) located in Sequim, Wash. The clams were
distributed to dealers and retailers in the San Francisco Bay area and New York. No cases
of PSP-related illness associated with the consumption of this product have been reported
State health officials have determined that the
geoduck clams being recalled were distributed to the following markets:
- 99 Ranch in Milpitas, Cupertino and Richmond.
- Lucky 7 Supermarket in Milpitas.
- New Tins Market in Oakland.
- Cheung Kong Market in Oakland.
- Lucky Seafood in Oakland.
DHS has asked these retailers to conspicuously
post information about the recall for consumers. geoduck clams purchased at other retail
locations are not being recalled.
Mussels, clams, oysters and other shellfish can be
contaminated with PSP when they feed on naturally occurring toxic algae. The symptoms of
PSP include numbness or tingling of the lips and tongue. These sensations can spread to
the face and fingertips. The symptoms generally develop within 30 minutes to two hours
after consuming contaminated food. In some cases, the toxin can lead to a generalized
paralysis. In severe cases, the toxin can result in respiratory paralysis and may become
Cooking does not destroy the toxin. Consumers
should discard the contaminated product or return it to the place of purchase.
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