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Paralytic Shellfish Toxin In BC Mussels & Oysters

19 October 2011

CANADA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to serve or consume certain raw mussels harvested in British Columbia (BC)and raw in-shell oysters and shucked oysters distributed by various shellfish processors in British Columbia, as they may contain paralytic shellfish toxins that can cause illness if consumed.

For a list of the raw mussels affected by this alert, please follow:

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2011/20111015e.shtml

For a list of the raw oysters affected by this alert, please follow:

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2011/20111017e.shtml

These mussels and oysters were primarily distributed to wholesalers and institutional clients such as restaurants. However, the affected mussels 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.

The products have been distributed in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba. However, it 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 mussels or oysters.

TheFishSite News Desk



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