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Shellfish and shellfish products from Korea should not be eaten – FDA

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The Washington State Department of Health is advising consumers not to eat any fresh or frozen shellfish that comes from Korea.

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that all fresh and frozen shellfish, and many products made from these shellfish, shipped from Korea to the United States may be contaminated.

This includes frozen breaded shellfish products from Korea; canned shellfish are not affected.

States have been advised to treat Korean shellfish products as being from an unapproved source.

Effective immediately, FDA has removed all certified dealers in the Korean Shellfish Sanitation Program from its Interstate Certified Shellfish Shippers List.

This stops the shipment of fresh/frozen molluscan shellfish from Korea to the U.S. Molluscan shellfish includes oysters, clams, mussels, and scallops, except canned products.

There have been no reported illnesses in Washington associated with Korean products.

The state health department is recalling all Korean shellfish as a preventive measure, and is working with distributors and local health agencies.

Consumers who have already purchased these products and have them at home should not eat them.

Shellfish grown and produced in Washington are not affected.

To learn more:

  • Contact  FDA (fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/MediaContacts/default.htm).
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