FDA advises restaurants, retailers not to sell oysters from South Korea; warns consumers

The Food and Drug Administration is advising restaurants and food retailers not to use frozen oysters from South Korea, after at least one person became ill.

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The warning covers 13 states, and the agency said the oysters were served from Oct. 28 to Nov. 5.

The oysters were harvested on Feb. 6 this year, and were exported by Dai One Food Co., Ltd., Republic of Korea, the FDA said in a statement.

“Consumers, especially those who are or could become pregnant, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems, who have recently consumed raw oysters in (13 states) and suspect they have food poisoning should seek medical care immediately,” officials said in the news release.

The Southern Nevada Health District informed the FDA of two clusters of illnesses from a restaurant in Las Vegas.

One person was confirmed to have sapovirus believed to have been caused by the oysters. Nine others potentially had the same illness, the FDA reported.

Symptoms of sapovirus — diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and stomach pain — generally show up within 48 hours of eating the contaminated food, the FDA said.

The retailers and restaurants in 13 states under the FDA warning include Nevada, Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

“The Korean firm has recalled frozen half shell oysters, frozen oyster IQF (individually quick freezing), and frozen oyster block harvested from the same harvest area” on Feb. 6, FDA officials added.

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