The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a Food Recall Warning relating to oysters harvested from the coastal waters of British Columbia, because of possible contamination with Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
The recall applies to all oysters intended for raw consumption and harvested on or before 18 August. Consumers have been warned not to eat the recalled oysters and distributors and restaurants have been told not to use or sell them.
The problem was identified during the investigation of an outbreak of foodborne illness, when some oysters from British Columbia were found to contain unacceptable levels of Vibrio parahaeolyticus. A CFIA food safety investigation is now under way.
V. parahaemolyticus is a foodborne pathogen that occurs naturally in marine environments and can multiply to dangerous levels in coastal waters when sea temperatures rise. Cases of illness caused by this pathogen are usually associated with raw or undercooked seafood.
The CFIA Food Recall Warning can be found here.