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News Release – DOH Shares FDA Alert for IQF Oysters

News Release – DOH Shares FDA Alert for IQF Oysters
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH KA ʻOIHANA OLAKINO JOSH GREEN, M.D. GOVERNOR KE KIA‘ĀINA KENNETH S. FINK, MD, MGA, MPH DIRECTOR KA LUNA HO‘OKELE DOH SHARES FDA ALERT FOR […]

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DOH Shares FDA Alert for IQF Oysters

The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) Food Safety Branch has issued a public notification regarding a recent advisory from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning certain individually quick frozen (IQF) oysters from the Republic of Korea. The FDA has warned against the sale, serving, or consumption of these oysters due to potential norovirus contamination.

The affected oysters, with Lot Code # C-20230228, were harvested on Feb. 28, 2023, and distributed to restaurants and retailers in Hawaiʻi and California, as well as possibly other states. Consumers are advised to be cautious and report any suspected illness related to this recall to the DOH Disease Reporting Line at 808-586-4586.

Symptoms of norovirus include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, stomach pain, fever, headache, and body aches. The illness can cause severe dehydration, especially in young children, older adults, and people with other illnesses. Therefore, it is crucial for those experiencing symptoms to contact their healthcare provider.

Restaurants and retailers are urged not to serve or sell the potentially contaminated oysters and to dispose of the affected products or return them to their distributor for destruction. They should also take steps to prevent cross-contamination of food-processing equipment and environment.

The FDA will continue to monitor the investigation and update the safety alert as new information becomes available. The DOH Food Safety Branch is committed to protecting and promoting the health of Hawai‘i residents and visitors through education of food industry workers and regulation of food establishments statewide.

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