Ban on shellfish from Korea expanded

Products may have been exposed to human fecal matter

By Andrea K. Walker

11:53 AM EDT, June 11, 2012


Health officials have expanded a ban on shellfish from Korea to include processed and canned products because of possible exposure to human fecal matter.

The FDA and The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene had already warned consumers not to eat fresh or frozen shellfish from the region. The ban includes products made with shellfish.

The advisory is on frozen shellfish produced in the last two years and canned molluscan shellfish produced in the last three years. Products include oysters, clams, and mussels, whole and roe-on scallops. Crabs and shrimp as well as shellfish from Maryland are not part of the advisory.

There are no recent cases of illness in Maryland known to be related to Korean shellfish.

 Inadequate sanitation controls may have left molluscan shellfish harvested from Korean waters exposed to human fecal waste. They could also be contaminated with norovirus.  

DHMH said it is working with distributors and local health agencies to ensure that these products are removed from store shelves. 


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