Major Recall Announced For Oysters Contaminated With Salmonella & E. Coli

Many recalls have occurred in recent months, as shoppers may know. Costco soup and onions, collard greens, and enoki mushrooms are examples. Salmonella and E. coli contamination has prompted a huge oyster recall.

The Oct. 26 voluntary recall covers oysters from Prince Edward Island, Canada-based Future Seafoods, Inc. (PE 4217 SP). On Oct. 10, PE9B oysters were collected and delivered to shops and restaurants until Oct. 16.

Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia bought the possibly hazardous oysters.

The EPA warns that Salmonella and E. coli-contaminated food may appear, smell, and taste normal but may cause sickness if consumed uncooked, particularly in immunocompromised people.

Unwashed raw eggs, cattle, chicken, fruit, and vegetables may contain salmonella, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that it causes 1,027,561 foodborne infections annually. An infection might cause cramps, diarrhea, fever, and headaches. 

The symptoms usually go away after four to seven days, but newborns, elderly individuals, and those with chronic health concerns may die. Antibiotics may be required.

E. coli is an intestinal bacterium. It may be innocuous yet induce diarrhea, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. More extreme instances may kill.

E. coli illness may be prevented by cooking meat and cleaning raw produce. Consuming unpasteurized milk, juices, or pool water containing human excrement may also cause E. coli concerns.

Contact your doctor immediately if you suspect you ate infected oysters. Although no illnesses have been reported from the recall, the FDA advises reporting symptoms to the Health Department.