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FDA warns against raw oysters imported from Mexico that may be contaminated with Norovirus

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FDA warns against raw oysters imported from Mexico that may be contaminated with Norovirus



Raw oysters from certain parts of Mexico could be a source of norovirus, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning.

The agency has advised restaurants and retailers to stop selling and to dispose of oysters harvested from Bahia Salina, Sonora, Mexico — which were shipped by freight carrier Sociedad Acuicola GolPac on Dec. 18, Dec. 19 and Dec. 27, 2023. 

Consumers are also advised against eating these oysters and to seek medical attention for any symptoms of norovirus.

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The alert is geared primarily toward California restaurants, retailers and consumers, although the FDA noted that the potentially contaminated oysters may have also been shipped to other states.

The FDA was first alerted to an outbreak of norovirus in San Diego County on Jan. 10, which was linked to oysters shipped from Mexico.

“An investigation is ongoing and the number of illnesses is being tracked,” the FDA’s alert said 

“Mexican shellfish authorities have initiated an investigation into the source of the illnesses and have closed the Bahia Salina growing area to harvest on Jan. 12, 2024.”

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