Bad news for shellfish farmers in Hérault, there’s a provisional halt in harvesting and marketing of oysters, mussels and clams due to the presence of a virus.
The decision of the Hérault prefecture is final. “There is an immediate restriction of harvesting, marketing and consumption of all shellfish from groups 2 and 3 (oysters, mussels, clams, etc.) from shellfish growing areas No. 34.39. 01 Bouzigues-Loupian, 34.39.02 Mèze-Marseillan, 34.38” Thau Lagoon “and 34.40 Les eaux blanches”, the press release stated.
“Surveillance of shellfish production areas has highlighted the presence of norovirus in oysters from shellfish beds in the Etang de Thau in connection with collective food poisoning (TIAC) that occurred in December 2019.”
Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis. People who have consumed shellfish from the areas mentioned above and have digestive problems (within 6 to 48 hours of consumption) should contact their doctor.
For those who have not yet consumed the products mentioned, it is recommended to take them back to the points of sale.
Shellfish harvested before December 19, 2019 or from other production areas are not subject to this restriction measure.
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