FDA Advises Restaurants, Retailers and Consumers to Avoid Potentially Contaminated Oysters from Harvest Area TX 1, Texas

December 15, 2022 FDA

The FDA is advising consumers not to eat, and restaurants and food retailers not to sell, and to dispose of oysters that were harvested between 11/17/2022 and 12/7/2022 from area TX 1, Galveston Bay, Texas due to possible norovirus contamination. These oysters were sold in Alabama (AL), Florida (FL), Georgia (GA), Louisiana (LA), Mississippi (MS), North Carolina (NC), Tennessee (TN) and Texas (TX). Consumers who purchased oysters after November 17 should check the packaging to see if they were harvested in TX 1. Contaminated oysters can cause illness if eaten raw, particularly in people with compromised immune systems. Food contaminated with norovirus may look, smell, and taste normal. Consumers of these products who are experiencing symptoms of norovirus illness should contact their healthcare provider, who should report their symptoms to their local Health Department.

Virginia Oyster Month: No. 1 in East Coast Production

Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced the designation to recognize the industry’s importance and the hard work and dedication of the Commonwealth’s oyster producers. Also known as aquaculture, oyster farming is a booming industry in Virginia. Virginia’s wild and farmed oysters brings in an approximate annual value of $40 million.

Texas Oyster Season Opens Nov. 1 With Multiple Bay Closures

The Texas commercial and recreational oyster season opens Tuesday, Nov. 1 and closes April 30, 2023. In an effort to protect and restore oyster reefs showing signs of environmental stress, many shellfish harvest areas will be closed to oyster fishing at the beginning of this season.

FDA Advises Consumers to Avoid Potentially Contaminated Raw Oysters from Oyster Kings in New Brunswick, Canada

October 4, 2022 FDA

This alert is for consumers who have recently purchased, restaurants and retailers who have sold or served the below recalled brands of Oyster Kings Inc. oysters that were harvested on 9/8/2022 in New Brunswick, Canada.

CFIA: Food Recall Warning – Various Brands of Oysters recalled by Oyster Kings Inc. due to Salmonella

September 28, 2022 Canadian Food Inspection Agency

The recalled products have been sold in Ontario and Quebec and may have been distributed in other provinces and territories.