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Texas Oysters Linked to Norovirus Illnesses in Louisiana

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to eat raw or partially cooked oysters harvested from Copano Bay in Aransas County, TX, harvested between Dec. 26, 2013, and Jan. 9, 2014.

Oysters harvested from Copano Bay on Dec. 26, 2013, and then shipped by Alby’s Seafood of Fulton, TX, have been linked to six norovirus illnesses in Louisiana.

The Texas Department of State Health Services closed Copano Bay to shellfish harvesting on Jan. 9, 2014.

Alby’s Seafood has issued a recall of the oysters harvested on Dec. 26; however, other shellfish harvested from Copano Bay before it was closed may still be in the marketplace.

All shellfish dealers, restaurants, retail food establishments and consumers are advised to check the identity tags on all containers of shellfish in their inventories. If the tag indicates the shellfish were harvested from Copano Bay between Dec. 26, 2013, and Jan. 9, 2014, the product should be disposed of and should not be sold, served or eaten.

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