FDA warns of sapovirus risk with certain raw oysters


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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising the public (restaurants, food retailers, and consumers) about potentially contaminated raw oysters from Dai One Food Co., Ltd. , Republic of Korea (ROK).


The oysters were shipped from the Republic of Korea and distributed in the following states: Alabama (AL), California (CA), Florida (FL), Georgia (GA), Maryland (MD), New York (NY), New Jersey (NJ) and Nevada (NV). North Carolina (NC), Pennsylvania (PA), South Carolina (SC), Tennessee (TN), and Virginia (VA).

The Southern Nevada Health District notified the Food and Drug Administration of two clusters of illnesses from individuals who ate raw shellfish at a restaurant in Las Vegas on 10/28/2022 and 11/5/2022. To date, the Southern Nevada Health District has reported one confirmed case and nine possible illnesses of sapovirus.

Sapoviruses cause sporadic gastroenteritis, similar to norovirus, in populations ranging from children to the elderly. The infection is more common in children under five years of age than in adults. The most common symptoms of sapovirus are diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain. Other symptoms include fever, headache, and body aches.

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Most people infected with sapovirus start to develop symptoms 12 to 48 hours after infection. Symptoms usually last from one to four days.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises consumers not to eat the food, and also advises restaurants and food retailers not to sell, dispose of Dai One Food Co. frozen half-shell oysters with a harvest date of 6/2/2022 from Designated Region No. II and sell them in the countries listed above.

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