FDA warns consumers not to eat shellfish from Oyster Bay
Harbor, Nassau County, NY
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning
consumers not to eat raw or partially cooked oysters and
clams (shellfish) with tags listing Oyster Bay Harbor, in
Nassau County, N.Y., as the harvest area, following
illnesses reported in several states caused by Vibrio
Shellfish harvested from Oyster Bay Harbor have been
linked to confirmed and possible cases of Vibrio
Ill persons reported consumption of raw or
partially cooked shellfish from the affected area.
The New York state Department of Environmental
Conservation (DEC) closed Oyster Bay Harbor, on July 13
to shellfish harvesting.
All shellfish harvesters, shippers, re-shippers,
processors, restaurants, and retail food establishments
are advised to check the identity tags on all containers
of shellfish in their inventories. If the tag indicates
the harvest area was Oyster Bay Harbor and a harvest date
on or after June 1, 2012, the product should be disposed
of and not be sold or served.
What are the Symptoms of Vibrio parahaemolyticusIllness?
Illness is typically characterized by nausea, vomiting, and
diarrhea. The symptoms begin from a few hours to as
many as five days after consumption of raw or
undercooked seafood, particularly shellfish.
What do Consumers Need to Do?
Consumers possessing shellfish with tags listing Oyster Bay
Harbor as the harvest area and a harvest date on or after
June 1, 2012 should dispose of and not eat the shellfish.
Consumers possessing shellfish for which the harvest area
is not known should inquire of the retailer, restaurant or
other facility about the source of shellfish. If the
shellfish was already consumed and no one became ill, no
action is needed. However, if you develop a diarrheal
illness within a week after consuming raw or undercooked
shellfish, see your health care provider and inform the
provider about this exposure.
Where was the Shellfish Distributed?
Records and information obtained by the New York state DEC
indicate that the shellfish from this area of Oyster Bay
Harbor in New York were distributed in several states,
including, but not necessarily limited to, Connecticut,
Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New
Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
What is Being Done About the Problem?
The New York state DEC has prohibited the harvesting of
shellfish from Oyster Bay Harbor in Nassau County, and has
issued media releases advising establishments not to use
shellfish from this harvest area and advising consumers not
to eat the shellfish. The DEC has notified states that
received implicated shellfish and the Interstate Shellfish
Sanitation Conference, which has subsequently notified its
The map at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7765.html
shows the area that has been closed to harvesting of
shellfish. This closure will remain in effect until
samples collected by the DEC indicate that shellfish from
the affected area are no longer a threat to
No other harvest areas have been implicated in the recent
Vibrio parahaemolyticus illnesses.
Who Should be Contacted?
Consumers with questions about seafood safety may call the
FDA at 1-888-SAFEFOOD or email email@example.com.
The information in this press release reflects the FDA's
best efforts to communicate what it has learned from state
and local public health agencies involved in the
investigation. The agency will provide updates as more
information becomes available.
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