Updated at 1:44 p.m., Friday, August 10, 2007
Hawaii warned about raw oysters from Washington
Advertiser StaffThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to eat raw oysters harvested from an area of the southern tip of Hood Canal in Washington. One of the areas where the oysters were distributed was Hawai'i.
The FDA said raw oysters harvested from "growing area 6" in Hood Canal from July 3 and thereafter have caused at least six people in California and Washington to become ill.
Symptoms of the illness called vibriosis include watery diarrhea that may be accompanied by abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, fever and chills. The agency is recommending people who believe they have experienced these symptoms after consuming raw oysters to consult with their healthcare provider and their local health department.
The FDA also said consumers can continue to enjoy oysters in many cooked preparations by doing the following:
At testaurants and other establishments:
In the shell:
To steam add oysters to water that is already steaming and cook live oysters until the shells open. Once open steam for another four to nine minutes.