Samish Bay Oysters From Washington State Recalled - Check Harvest Tags Immediately

Updated: Jul 26

From the Washington State Department of Health

Washington State is in the process of conducting a recall of oyster shellstock harvested from the Samish Bay growing area in Skagit County, WA. All oyster shellstock harvested from 6/29/2021 to today is being recalled due to 4 single source Vibrio parahaemolyticus illnesses occurring from the harvest date 6/29/2021. Washington State also has a number of lab confirmed multisource and lab pending illnesses implicating Samish Bay.

Vibrio bacteria are natural microscopic organisms. When the water the oysters grow in gets warmer, the organism increases. This organism, Vibrio, makes people sick when consumed.

According to the CDC,

When ingested, Vibrio bacteria can cause watery diarrhea, often accompanied by abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, fever, and chills. Usually, these symptoms occur within 24 hours of ingestion and last about three days. Severe illness is rare and typically occurs in people with a weakened immune system.

If you have any oysters in your facility harvested from this area, please remove the recalled oysters from your facility.

Read more on Vibrio.

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