Canada’s public health warning issued on October 15 for raw mussels has been expanded to include raw in-shell oysters and shucked oysters distributed by various shellfish processors in British Columbia.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to serve or consume the raw in-shell oysters or shucked oysters described below because they may contain paralytic shellfish toxins that can cause illness if consumed.

However, there have been no reported cases of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) associated with the consumption of the oysters.

The following raw in-shell oysters and shucked oysters harvested between October 2 to 14, 2011 from sub area 15-4, Okeover inlet in British Columbia, are affected by the alert:

Albion Fisheries Ltd.,Vancouver, BC:

– Beach oyster large, 5 doz, 185392, Oct. 5

– Beach oyster medium, 5 doz, 185392, Oct. 5, 9, 12

– Oyster Royal Miyagi XS, 5 doz, 185392, Oct. 5, 9

                         5 doz, 185534, Oct. 9, 12

– Little Wing oyster, 5 doz, 185505, Oct. 5, 9

               5 doz, 185607, Oct. 10, 13

Albion Fisheries, Victoria, BC:

– Oyster N/Shell Little Wing Various,185392, Oct. 5

  185505, Oct. 5, 9

  185607,Oct. 10

– Oyster N/Shell Various 185534, Oct. 9

– Royal

– Miyagi XS Various

Pacific Northwest Shellfish:

– Pacific Oysters 5 & 10 doz 11-557, Oct. 8

Pacific Rim Shellfish:

– P. Oysters 5 doz, 11100601, Oct. 5



Sea World Fisheries Ltd.:

– Live Oysters 5 doz, OY-7974, Oct. 5

Taylor Shellfish Canada BC 773 SP:

– Pacific Oyster (Shucked) (8, 16 & 32 oz) 6214 Best Before

                                           6231, Oct. 18, 19

                                           6241, Oct. 25, 26

 8 oz (UPC 59655 00023) Oct. 27, 28                 

16 oz (UPC 59655 00025)

32 oz (UPC 59655 00014)

Tri-Star Seafood Supply Ltd.:

– Shell Oyster Live M,  5 doz, C0603-047, Oct. 5

– Shell Oyster Live XL,5 doz, PB651-086, Oct. 5

                                           PB651-087, Oct. 12


– Shell Oyster Live L, 5 doz, PB651-086 , Oct. 5

                                          PB651-087, Oct. 12

– Shell Oyster Live J, 5 doz, PB651-087, Oct. 12

– Shell Oyster Live XS, 5 doz, PB651-087, Oct. 1

The recalled raw oysters were primarily distributed to wholesalers and restaurants, but could also have been sold in smaller quantities at some retail seafood counters. Consumers who are unsure whether they have the affected products are advised to check with their retailer or supplier.

The oysters were primarily distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario. However, they may have been distributed in other provinces and territories.

Paralytic shellfish toxins are a group of natural toxins that sometimes accumulate in bivalve shellfish, including oysters, clams, scallops, mussels and cockles. Non-bivalve shellfish, such as whelks, can also accumulate toxins, which can cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) if consumed. Symptoms of PSP include tingling and numbness of the lips, tongue, hands and feet, and difficulty swallowing. In severe situations, this can proceed to difficulty walking, muscle paralysis, respiratory paralysis and death in as quickly as 12 hours.

For more information contact the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday).

  • chui

    It is appalling that all these warnings by FDA and USDA always tell the public to check with the supermarkets. As a forensic toxicologists, mater chef / wine master and a pretty savvy consumers plus having training in microbiology / bacteriology/ virology / mycology, Supermarket managers and personnel on account of their very limited knowledge and education have no concept of the problems and issues. The hierarchy of these retailers specifically tell their people not to divulge any information to the public. In many cases these Chains like Kroger, Safeway, Public, Giant, Randals , Wholefoods etc buy or outsources on the the open market and the original manufacturer has no idea where their products are sold. They only go by where products are purchased direct and totally disavow what did not come directly. The USDA and FDA is asleep in trying to curb or at least have a handle as to what is being sold on the open market. The problem is even bigger . when FDA and USDA refuse entry of some products into this country and these shysters find some safe haven small harbor or place where inspections are very rare or some body gets bribed to let the stuff in and some shyster broker sells this stuff on the open market.
    Looks like FDA and USDA does not track once the products are declined permission on one port or entry.
    I am a semi retired highly qualified , but as usual FDA and USDA or even CDC only hire hacks with fresh BA or a degree in Biology with preference to these so called Vets.