Oysters recalled in Canada because of E. coli contamination

Oysters recalled in Canada because of E. coli contamination

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A.C. Covert Distributors/True North Seafood Company is recalling Sober Island brand OG Oysters because of generic E. coli contamination.

The recalled product was sold in Nova Scotia, Canada, according to the recall notice posted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Recalled products:

Brand Product Size UPC Codes
Sober Island OG Oysters Variable weight None PO077656

Hotels, restaurants and retailers should not use, sell, serve or distribute the affected product. The recalled products should not be consumed. 

About E. coli infections

Anyone who has eaten any of the implicated product and developed symptoms of E. coli infection should seek medical attention and tell their doctor about their possible food poisoning. Specific tests are required to diagnose the infections, which can mimic other illnesses.

The symptoms of E. coli infections vary for each person but often include severe stomach cramps and diarrhea, which is often bloody. Some patients may also have a fever. Most patients recover within five to seven days. Others can develop severe or life-threatening symptoms and complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

About 5 to 10 percent of those diagnosed with E. coli infections develop a potentially life-threatening kidney failure complication, known as a hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Symptoms of HUS include fever, abdominal pain, feeling very tired, decreased frequency of urination, small unexplained bruises or bleeding, and pallor. 

Many people with HUS recover within a few weeks, but some suffer permanent injuries or death. This condition can occur among people of any age but is most common in children younger than five years old because of their immature immune systems, older adults because of deteriorating immune systems, and people with compromised immune systems such as cancer patients. 

People who experience HUS symptoms should immediately seek emergency medical care. People with HUS will likely be hospitalized because the condition can cause other serious and ongoing problems such as hypertension, chronic kidney disease, brain damage, and neurologic problems.

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