Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner

Food Safety Alert

May 31, 2012

Jessica Ziehm, 518-457-3136

Consumer Alert - Molluscan Shellfish from Korea

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine today advised New York State residents against consuming any molluscan shellfish from Korea.  Molluscan shellfish includes oysters, clams, mussels, whole and roe-on scallops either shucked or in the shell, whole or in part.   This advisory includes all products produced using fresh, frozen, dehydrated or canned shellfish from Korea. 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported that all shellfish, including frozen breaded shellfish, and any products made from these shellfish, shipped from Korea to the United States may be contaminated with filth and/or foreign matter.

All certified dealers in the Korean Shellfish Sanitation Program have been removed from FDA’s Interstate Certified Shellfish Shipper List, which effectively stops all shipments of molluscan shellfish from Korea to the U.S.  

Consumers should not eat any Korean shellfish or shellfish products.   Fresh, frozen, dehydrated or canned shellfish or shellfish products from Korea should be discarded.

FDA has advised all states to treat all Korean shellfish or shellfish products as being from an unapproved source.  In response, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has initiated a recall for all shellfish dealers of the products mentioned.

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