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Oysters Recalled for Potential Vibrio Contamination

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture is recalling its Cape Neddick/Blue Point Oysters for potential Vibrio parahaemolyticus contamination.

The recalled oysters were sold at various New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut Wegmans stores. They were labeled with the following UPC codes: 2-06146-00000, 2-06152-00000, 2-06153-00000.

The recalled oysters were sold in Wegmans seafood departments between July 13, 2013 and August 5, 2013. They may also have been sold in Wegmans restaurants, Food Bars and Pubs during that timeframe.

When consumed raw, these oysters pose a health threat, particularly to individuals with compromised immune systems.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 4,000 cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infection occur in the United States every year. Symptoms of infection include watery diarrhea, often with abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, fever and chills. Usually these symptoms occur within 24 hours of ingestion. Illness is usually self-limited and lasts three days.

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