HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state Department of Health has issued a recall for frozen raw oysters associated with Norovirus.
The individually quick frozen raw oysters – not directly sold to the public, but sold in bulk to distributors and food establishments in Hawaii – are imported from Korea and packaged under the Dai One Food Company label. The shellfish harvest dates are Feb. 10, 11, 12 and 13 of this year. They're listed on the required shellfish tags for all bulk shellfish cases, DOH said.
"The department has already conducted product trace-backs and embargoed all of the suspect product on Nov. 24 at various local shellfish distributors and restaurants," said Peter Oshiro of the DOH. "Although this product is not sold directly to the public, a recall has been issued as an additional safeguard to further notify anyone who may possess the product that it is unsafe and should be destroyed."
The DOH received more than 10 reports of sporadic illnesses in September, October and November that were linked to the consumption of raw oysters. After conducting some tests, the samples of the suspect oysters tested positive for Norovirus. As a result, DOH has asked all distributors and restaurants that have the product to destroy them.
Norovirus symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever and headaches. These symptoms usually develop about 12 to 48 hours after consuming contaminated food.
Anyone who experiences these symptoms should consult a physician and to contact the DOH at (808) 586-4586 if a foodborne illness is suspected.