FDA Warns Consumers Not To Eat Certain Raw Oysters From Washington State

The FDA has issued a warning not to eat raw oysters from the southern tip of Hood Canal in Washington state. Oysters from the Hood Canal have been linked to an outbreak of vibriosis, a rare illness caused by the Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria.

The symptoms of vibriosis are: “watery diarrhea, often with abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, fever, and chills. Usually these symptoms occur within 24 hours of ingestion and last no more than three days.”

If you think you have vibriosis and have eaten Hood Canal oysters, tell your health department and see a doctor. The illness is rarely serious in people who do not have weakened immune systems.

So far, only 6 people have become ill from the oysters in California and Washington, but they were distributed to the following locations: California, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, New York, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia (Canada), Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore.

If you’ve recently purchased oysters, you should find out where they were grown. The FDA says cooking the oysters will kill the bacteria, but what fun is that?

Consumers Warned to Avoid Eating Raw Oysters from Southern Tip of Hood Canal in Washington State [FDA]



Edit Your Comment

  1. tracilyns says:

    ew. as if i needed more of reasons to not eat oysters.

  2. ptkdude says:

    @tracilyns: My thoughts exactly!

  3. Jasmo says:

    aw shucks, that’s unfortunate.

  4. urban_ninjya says:

    Oh boy.. How the heck to I tell the difference? When I order a oyster shooter at my favorite bar, it doesn’t come in any packaging.

  5. Leohat says:


    Restaurants are required to keep the harvest tags and to make them available upon request.

  6. AcidReign says:

        We can get Washington State oysters where I live, in Alabama, courtesy of Walmart. They aren’t bad! We’re used to the more muddy, mercury-flavored Bon Secour variety, unfortunately. They are awesome with Lawry’s coarse-ground garlic salt. You need to be drinking Scotch or Tequila shots for either variety, these days. Anything less will NOT kill those bacteria…

  7. EtherealStrife says:

    Obviously they’re Chinese oysters. Damned immigrants.

    The only time I had oysters I bbqed mine, and washed them down with a few shots of jack. That was one awesome field archaeology class.

  8. BrockBrockman says:

    Maybe we should pasteurize them first to ensure safety.

  9. rdldr1 says:

    I hope these chewy oysters from the rocky mountains are not on the recall list!