FDA Says No Raw Oysters After People In 13 States Develop Food Poisoning
Display of raw oysters, ready-to-eat. Market stand, O Grove, Pontevedra province, Galicia, Spain.

FDA Says No Raw Oysters After People In 13 States Develop Food Poisoning

The FDA has issued warnings against consuming raw oysters from South Korea that may give you the runs.

According to the agency, several people have fallen ill after consuming half-shell oysters that were harvested in South Korea in February 2022 and exported to thirteen states by Dai One Food Company. They were then placed in several restaurants and served raw. At least one consumer who ate the oysters was diagnosed with sapovirus illness, though nine others who got sick shortly after eating the seafood are suspected of having the virus. The contaminated oysters were served on October 28th and November 5th.

Common sapovirus indicators include diarrhea, fever, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain, all seen in food poisoning. In most cases, symptoms show up within 48 hours, though they are usually mild, with patients recovering within days. However, severe incidents leading to hospitalization are possible. As of now, it does not appear that this outbreak resulted in deaths or advanced medical care.

In their official news release, the Food and Drug Administration says that elderly people, children, and expecting mothers should seek immediate medical care if they begin to exhibit signs of food poisoning.

States where the oysters were distributed are Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Dai One Food Company has also issued a recall of the oysters. This FDA warning is just the latest for the frozen seafood industry. Earlier in November, Seven Seas International frozen salmon was recalled over possible listeria contamination that affected over 500 people.

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