CFIA Says, B.C. Oysters Contaminated with Norovirus

On Friday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has warned the people that they should not consume some brands of B. C. oysters, as they may be tainted with food-borne pathogens.

The CFIA has asked the public not to eat Effingham extra small raw oysters that are produced by Albion Fisheries and Sea World Fisheries. The warning has been issued by the agency, after 16 people became ill.

Anna Marie D’Angelo, who is a Spokeswoman for Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, said that all 16 people had norovirus-like illness and suffered from diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain. She further said that all of them have now recovered from the illness.

It is thought that the shellfish were contaminated with norovirus, which is normally spread by faecally contaminated water. The virus is also transmitted when one person comes in contact with another person.

It is said that lot number 172688 and 172929 and lot number NY-OY-10091401 are contaminated and each bag has around five dozen oysters.

The agency said that the contaminated oysters have been distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario regions and are sold in packages of 60, but may also be available in small packages. The CFIA is investigating the whole matter in association with other health agencies.