Heads up oyster lovers: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency posted a recall warning on October 16 for certain farm-raised Pacific oysters due to a marine biotoxin.
Consuming the biotoxin can cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) — a potentially deadly illness.
The oysters were produced by two firms in Richmond, B.C. – Albion Farms and Fisheries Ltd. and Union Bay Seafood Ltd.
The products were sold in in Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec, according to the CFIA.
The Albion Farms oysters were sold from Oct. 9 to Oct. 16 and the Union Bay oysters were sold from Oct. 10 to Oct. 16.
Consumers should not consume, and retailers, hotels, restaurants and institutions should not sell, serve or use the recalled products described below.
Symptoms includes tingling and numbness of the lips, tongue, hands and feet, and difficulty swallowing. In severe situations, this can lead to difficulty walking, muscle paralysis, respiratory paralysis and death.
Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the location where they were purchased.
The CFIA says there have been no reported illnesses linked to eating these oysters.