The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a nationwide press release warning the public that raw oysters from Washington State are spreading a rare type of foodborne pathogen known as Vibrio parahaemolyticus. The administration is initiating a recall that currently affects 23 states, and is warning consumers not to eat raw oysters harvested from Hood Canal Area 4 in Washington State. The Food Poisoning Lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP are currently accepting potential lawsuits on behalf of individuals severely sickened by oysters included in this nationwide recall.
Free Washington State Raw Oyster Recall Lawsuit Case Evaluation:If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with food poisoning after consuming raw oysters included in this recall, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What’s the problem?
September 27, 2011 – According to today’s warning, the FDA said that raw oysters from ‘growing area 4’ in Hood Canal from August 30th to September 19th have been linked to at least three confirmed and two possible cases of a rare form of food poisoning known as Vibrio parahaemolyticus. All cases of illnesses have been directly associated with the consumption of Washington State raw oysters.
In response to these developments, the Washington State Department of Health has closed the growing area associated with the contaminated oysters in question. Additionally, commercial oyster harvesters and dealers who obtained oysters from the growing area have initiated a recall and notified their commercial customers in the states affected by the recall. As of this writing, it is believed that the oysters were distributed to at least 23 states as well as four foreign countries including:
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; China, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Thailand.
If you have recently purchased oysters, you are strongly advised to check with the place of purchase to determine whether they were harvested from the affected growing area. If you find that they were, they should be discarded immediately or returned to the place of purchase. If you have consumed oysters included in this recall and are now experiencing symptoms of food poisoning, you should contact your healthcare provider about this exposure.
Vibrio Parahaemolyticus Food Poisoning
Vibrio parahaemolyticus is a gram negative enteric bacterium that comes from the same family that causes cholera in costal regions throughout the world. The bacterium causes an intestinal infection that is characterized by lower gastrointestinal distress such as diarrhea and cramps. The infection is also commonly accompanied by:
- bloody or mucoid stools
- high white blood cell count
Illness with Vibrio parahaemolyticus typically only lasts two to three days, and occurs most often during the summer months.
Studies have found that between 60 and 100% of seafood samples are contaminated with Vibrio parahaemolyticus. When present, it is usually found at levels of around 10 CFU/g, although levels can be around 103 CFU/g or even higher in the summer. Seafood from warm waters presents the greatest risk of Vibrio parahaemolyticus food poisoning, with nearly 90% of oysters causing the illnesses reported as originating from waters where the temperature was above 22 ºC. Additionally, Vibrio parahaemolyticus has occurred when seafood has been cross contaminated by raw fish after cooking and subsequently temperature abused. Seafood implicated in these types of outbreaks include clams, oysters, scallops, shrimp and crab.
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Do You Have a Washington State Raw Oyster Recall Lawsuit?
The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Washington State raw oyster recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Vibrio parahaemolyticus food poisoning cases in all 50 states.
Free Washington State Raw Oyster Recall Lawsuit Case Evaluation:If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Vibrio parahaemolyticus food poisoning after consuming Washington State raw oysters included in this recall, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.