After receiving confirmation of Vibrio parahaemolyticus in oysters from Coffin Bay, SA Health has initiated a recall, and is advising South Australians not to consume them.
SA Health’s Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, Dr Chris Lease, says the recall is an additional safety measure on top of the precautionary closure of the Coffin Bay Growing Area imposed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA).
In South Australia there have now been 56 cases of infections linked to eating raw oysters since September, and three people have been hospitalised.
Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) have issued a nationwide recall for these products and further information about the recall can be found on the FSANZ website.
The infection can be acquired by eating undercooked shellfish and fish however raw oysters are often the most common cause.
There were no cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infections in 2020 and eight cases in 2019.
For the FSANZ recall information and Frequently Asked Questions visit: https://www.foodstandards.gov.au/industry/FoodIncidents/Pages/Vibrio-parahaemolyticus-and-raw-Pacific-oysters.aspx