The FDA is warning consumers not to eat raw oysters that come from the Hood Canal in Washington State due to Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria.
When ingested, the bacteria causes gastrointestinal symptoms like diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting. It may also be accompanied by headaches, fevers and chills.
Onset of symptoms can being anywhere from a few hours after eating the oysters up to five days.
According to the FDA, there have been three confirmed illnesses linked to people who ingested oysters coming from “growing area 4” in Hood Canal. There have been no reports of serious illness or death stemming from the oysters.
The oysters were harvested and shipped from the Hood Canal area in Washington from August 30 through September 19 and distributed to the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Utah, and Washington.
They were also shipped to China, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Thailand.
For questions about the seafood, please contact the FDA at 1-888-SAFEFOOD.