Certain Sawmill Bay Shellfish brand Pacific Aquacultured Oysters recalled due to norovirus

Starting date:
February 22, 2020
Type of communication:
Recall
Alert sub-type:
Food Recall Warning
Subcategory:
Microbiological - Other
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Source of recall:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Recalling firm:
Sawmill Bay Shellfish Co. Ltd.
Distribution:
Alberta, British Columbia
Extent of the product distribution:
Retail
CFIA reference number:
13760

Last updated:

Advisory details

Ottawa, February 22, 2020 - Sawmill Bay Shellfish Co. Ltd. is recalling certain Sawmill Bay Shellfish brand Pacific Aquacultured Oysters from the marketplace due to norovirus. Consumers should not consume and distributors, retailers and food service establishments such as hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, hospitals and nursing homes should not sell or use the recalled product described below.

Recalled product

Brand Product Size UPC Codes Additional Information
Sawmill Bay Shellfish Pacific Aquacultured Oysters By the dozen None Lots: 453 and 454 Sold only to hotels, restaurants and institutions
None Pacific Aquacultured Oysters Variable count None None – All units sold from February 12 to 19, 2020, inclusive Sold at Codfather's Seafood Market, Kelowna BC

What you should do

If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.

Check to see if you have the recalled product in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

People with norovirus illness usually develop symptoms of gastroenteritis within 24 to 48 hours, but symptoms can start as early as 12 hours after exposure. The illness often begins suddenly. Even after having the illness, you can still become re-infected by norovirus. The main symptoms of norovirus illness are diarrhea, vomiting (children usually experience more vomiting than adults), nausea and stomach cramps. Other symptoms may include low-grade fever, headache, chills, muscle aches and fatigue (a general sense of tiredness). Most people feel better within one or two days, with symptoms resolving on their own, and experience no long-term health effects. As with any illness causing diarrhea or vomiting, people who are ill should drink plenty of liquids to replace lost body fluids and prevent dehydration. In severe cases, patients may need to be hospitalized and given fluids intravenously.

Who is affected

There have been reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Background

This recall was triggered by findings by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) during its investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing the recalled product from the marketplace.

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