The Health Department is warning consumers to avoid eating recently shucked and in-shell raw oysters from Drakes Bay Oyster Company because they might be contaminated with a bacteria called Vibrio parahaemolyticus. At least three illnesses are possibly linked to the oysters, and the company has made a voluntary recall of the affected products. According to Food Safety News:
The shucked oysters are packaged under the Drakes Bay Oyster Farm label and sold in 9 ounce, 1-pint, 1-quart and half-gallon jars or tubs. The affected shucked products are labeled with lot numbers 363 through 421. The lot number can be found on the top label of each jar or tub. The in-shell raw oysters are sold individually or in bags ranging in size from 1 dozen to 10 dozen. In-shell raw oyster tags are marked with harvest dates ranging from July 17, 2012, through August 8, 2012.
Samples of the affected oysters have been sent in for testing, and results are expected by Wednesday.