2012-07-26 / News of Record

Shellfish from Oyster Bay is contaminated

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to eat raw or partially cooked oysters and clams (shellfish) with tags listing Oyster Bay Harbor in Nassau County, N.Y., as the harvest area. Illnesses have been reported in several states, including Rhode Island, caused by Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria.

Shellfish harvested from Oyster Bay Harbor have been linked to confirmed and possible cases of the disease. Ill persons reported consumption of raw or partially cooked shellfish from the affected area. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation closed Oyster Bay Harbor on July 13 to shellfish harvesting. Anyone in contact with shellfish should check the identity tags on all containers of shellfish in their inventories. If the tag indicates the harvest area was Oyster Bay Harbor and a harvest date on or after June 1, 2012, the product should be disposed of and not be sold or served.

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