Category Archives: Shellfish

New Zealand – Shellfish biotoxin alert for the Bay of Islands in Northland

 

The affected area is inside a line between Cape Brett and Cape Wiwiki.

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The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) yesterday issued a public health warning advising the public not to collect or consume shellfish harvested from the entire Bay of Islands inside a line between Cape Brett northward to Cape Wiwiki.

Routine tests on shellfish samples taken from this region have shown levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins above the safe limit of 0.8 mg/kg set by MPI. Anyone eating shellfish from this area is potentially at risk of illness.

RASFF Alerts – Norovirus – Cooked Clams

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RASFF -norovirus in frozen cooked clams from Vietnam in Spain

USA – Norovirus Outbreak – Oysters

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to eat raw or partially cooked oysters harvested from Copano Bay, in Aransas County, Texas, harvested between Dec. 26, 2013 and Jan. 9, 2014.

Oysters harvested from Copano Bay, Texas, on Dec. 26, 2013, and then shipped by Alby’s Seafood of Fulton, Texas, have been linked to six norovirus illnesses in Louisiana.

The Texas Department of State Health Services closed Copano Bay to shellfish harvesting on Jan. 9, 2014.

The FDA is warning consumers not to eat raw or partially cooked shellfish from Copano Bay, in Aransas County, Texas, harvested between Dec. 26, 2013 and Jan. 9, 2014.

Alby’s Seafood disclaimer icon has issued a recall of the oysters harvested on Dec. 26; however, other shellfish harvested from Copano Bay before it was closed may still be in the marketplace.

RASFF Alerts – DSP – Mussels – Hepatitis A- Frozen Berries – E.coli – Clams – Mussels

RASFF -Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) toxins – okadaic acid (188 µg/kg – ppb) in chilled mussels (Mytlius Galloprovincialis) from Spain in Italy

RASFF -hepatitis A virus in frozen mixed berries processed in Italy, with raw material from Poland, Serbia, Chile, Bulgaria, Sweden and Bosnia and Herzegovina in Italy

RASFF -high count of Escherichia coli (5400 MPN/100g) in clams (Venus verrucosa) from Greece in Italy

RASFF -too high count of Escherichia coli (3500 MPN/100g) in chilled mussels from France

RASFF -too high count of Escherichia coli (9200; 2400 MPN/100g) in chilled mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) from Spain in Italy

RASFF Alerts – DSP – Live Mussels

RASFF -Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) toxins – okadaic acid (203 µg/kg – ppb) in live mussels (Mytillus galloprovincialis) from Spain in Italy

RASFF -Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) toxins – okadaic acid (287 µg/kg – ppb) in live mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) from Spain in Italy

RASFF -Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) toxins – okadaic acid (494 µg/kg – ppb) in live mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) from Spain in Italy

RASFF Alerts DSP – Live Mussels- E.coli – Clams

RASFF -Too high count of Escherichia coli (1130;2230;3230;5230 MPN/100g) in clams (Venus gallina) from Turkey in Greece

RASFF -Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) toxins – okadaic acid (826.3 µg/kg – ppb) in live mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) from Spain in italy

Canadian Recalls – Tahina – Salmonella – Raw Shellfish – PSP

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Ottawa, August 16, 2013 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public, food service establishments, and retailers, not to consume, serve, use, or sell the tahina products described in the link above because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Some of the affected product was sold in bulk and may have been repacked at retail.  Consumers who cannot determine the original product identity are advised to check with their retailer to determine if they have one of the affected products.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

The CFIA is working with the Canadian importers to remove all affected products from the market place.  The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

All Tahina products, manufactured by Al Nakhil Co, of Lebanon between September 5, 2012 and April 21, 2013, are affected by this alert.

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Ottawa, August 16, 2013 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to serve or consume the raw shellfish products described in the link above because they may contain paralytic shellfish toxins that can cause illness if consumed.

These shellfish products were primarily distributed to wholesalers and institutional clients such as restaurants. However, the affected shellfish products may also have been sold in smaller quantities at some retail seafood counters. Consumers who are unsure whether they have the affected products are advised to check with their retailer or supplier.

These products have been distributed in Alberta and British Columbia.  However, they may have been distributed in other provinces and territories.

There have been no reported cases of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) associated with the consumption of these products.

Paralytic shellfish toxins are a group of natural toxins that sometimes accumulate in bivalve shellfish that include oysters, clams, scallops, mussels and cockles. Non-bivalve shellfish, such as whelks, can also accumulate PSP toxins. These toxins can cause PSP if consumed. Symptoms of PSP include tingling and numbness of the lips, tongue, hands and feet, and difficulty swallowing. In severe situations, this can proceed to difficulty walking, muscle paralysis, respiratory paralysis and death in as quickly as 12 hours.

The shellfish processors are voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.