FDA: Shellfish brought in from parts of West Coast found to contain toxins causing paralysis

June 21, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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NY AND PACIFIC COAST — SHELLFISH TRANSPORTED TO NEW YORK from the Pacific Northwest coast may be contaminated with toxins resulting from a large algal bloom that has resulted in “unprecedented levels” of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration said. Consumers should avoid eating shellfish from Oregon and Washington as they may be contaminated with toxins that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning that has affected at least 31 people in Oregon so far, state health officials reported. Shellfish harvested from Oregon and Washington during that period were distributed to New York and several western states. The warning advises consumers, retailers and restaurants to avoid oysters and bay clams harvested from Netarts and Tillamook bays since May 28, along with shellfish harvested from areas around Willapa Bay since May 26. PSP saxitoxins can cause illness within an hour of consuming the shellfish, with symptoms including numbness of the mouth and lips, vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath and irregular heartbeat in severe cases.

Last week, the FDA also issued another warning about certain oysters harvested from Subarea 23-10 in British Columbia (B.C.) contaminated with the same toxins.


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