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L’étang de Thau oysters suspended again

France 3/Scoop, Mar 9

Following several reported cases of community-based food poisoning, temporary restrictive measures concerning oysters, mussels and clams coming from the Étang de Thau have just been taken by the Prefect of Hérault.

An analysis has demonstrated the presence of noroviruses, hence the decision to temporarily suspend the harvesting and marketing of oysters, mussels and clams coming from this sector of production.

People who own these products are asked not to consume them and to take them back to the point of sale. In case of doubt, you should check with your usual fish counter to know if the product purchased is affected by the alert.

Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis. Food poisoning caused by this virus results in gastrointestinal symptoms within 6 to 48 hours of consumption. People who have consumed the above mentioned products and who have these symptoms are advised to consult their doctor.

Oysters, mussels and clams harvested prior to February 15, 2018, or from other production areas are not subject to this restriction. This temporary measure will be lifted as soon as the health and safety conditions are met.

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