Raw Oysters & Clams Recalled for Paralytic Shellfish Intoxication

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Health Hazard Alert – Certain raw oysters and clams harvested in British Columbia may contain paralytic shellfish toxin

Recall / advisory date:
August 16, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological – Other
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Distribution:
Alberta, British Columbia, May be National
Extent of the distribution:
Retail

Advisory details

Ottawa, August 16, 2013 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to serve or consume the raw shellfish products described below 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 PSPif 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.

The following raw shellfish products, harvested on August 13, 2013 from sub area 23-6, Effingham Inlet and Useless Inlet in British Columbia, are affected by this alert:

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Size Codes(s) on Product Additional Info
Oyster N/Shell Effingham XSM 5 dozen 14130 Processor
Albion Fisheries Ltd., Richmond
Oyster N/Shell Pac Rim Petite 5 dozen 14130 Processor
Albion Fisheries Ltd., Richmond
Clam N/Shell Manila lb 14137 Processor
Albion Fisheries Ltd., Richmond
Pacific Rim Petite Oysters Various 13081401 Processor
Pacific Rim Shellfish (2003) Corporation, Vancouver
Manila Clams Various 13081403 Processor
Pacific Rim Shellfish (2003) Corporation, Vancouver
Little Neck Clams 20 lb 13081402 Processor
Pacific Rim Shellfish (2003) Corporation, Vancouver
Petite Oysters in Shell 5 dozen 11931 Processor
Clear Bay Fisheries Inc., Richmond
Oysters in Shell 5 dozen 11931 Processor
Clear Bay Fisheries Inc., Richmond

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