Reports of illness prompt seafood recall

| March 20, 2014

Irish musselsThe Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has announced that Shellfish De La Mer Ltd. is recalling batches of various seafood products because of a possible link with reported cases of diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP).

Initially, two batches of frozen Cooked Mussel Meats in 500g packs sold in Ireland through Dunnes Stores and Tesco Ireland were recalled. The company later extended the recall to include other products containing the implicated mussels. The extended recall now covers 15 batches of a range of Chowder Mixes, a Seafood Mix and Mussel Meat, mostly distributed to caterers or wholesalers.

DSP is a foodborne intoxication caused by okadaic acid toxins produced by marine algae, which then accumulate in filter feeding shellfish like mussels. Symptoms can include diarrhoea and vomiting lasting for several days, but are rarely serious. More information about okadaic acid toxins and DSP can be found in our factsheet.

More details about the product recall can be found on the FSAI website here.

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