A food that has been known as a potent aphrodisiac may have the complete opposite effect! Be careful; you might want to skip the oysters for a while when you’re out on a date with that special someone.

In a post late last week, the FDA advised restaurants and retailers not to serve, sell, or consume certain oysters from Baja California, Mexico, due to the possibility of Norovirus contamination. The oysters in question were distributed by Acuacultura Integral De Baja California SA de CV throughout California and may have passed onto other states.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a notice to the FDA on January 16th of the norovirus outbreak, and the link to harvested oysters in Baja California, Mexico, as well as cases of illnesses reported in Los Angeles County and other counties, tracked back to the consumption of the oysters in question.

"The following product tags are provided to be representative of labeling that would accompany the implicated oysters and could include the various harvest dates as identified in this safety alert." - FDA.gov


What To Do With Contaminated Oysters?

If you believe you have contaminated oysters, properly dispose of them and thoroughly clean and sanitize any possibly contaminated areas.

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Symptoms of Norovirus

The most common symptoms include Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pains. Fever, headache, as well as body aches can also occur. Symptoms can develop 12 to 48 hours after exposure to norovirus, and the illness can last 1 to 3 days. The virus can lead to dehydration (decreased urination, dry mouth and throat, dizziness). If you believe you have symptoms of norovirus or dehydration, contact your healthcare provider immediately.


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