Korean Oysters pulled from Local shelves after Nationwide Ban

June 4, 2012

GUAM – Two brands of canned Korean oysters have been pulled from local shelves following a nationwide ban, and GovGuam health officials are still searching for more.

Cans of “Geisha Whole Oysters in Water” and “Crown Prince Whole Oysters in Water” were removed with full cooperation of a local retail store, which wasn’t identified in a Department of Public Health and Social Services press release.

Cans of this oyster brand were pulled out from local stores

“The DPHSS has contacted the major wholesalers and retainers and alerted the Guam Customs and Quarantined Agency to seize all Korean shellfish that is imported at our ports of entry,” the press release states. “Inspections of local retail and wholesale facilities are currently being conducted toe ensure that these food products are removed from shelves.”

The products are being pulled from shelves all around the country because of a recent decision by the Food and Drug Administration, which determined that the Korean Shellfish Sanitation Program does not meet American health standards.

The FDA has said the Korean program doesn’t do enough to project shellfish from land-based pollution or human fecal matter, and that FDA tests have found nonvirus in selfish growing areas, the press release states.

To date, there have no reported illnesses attributed to consumption of Korean shellfish on Guam and in the United States in 2012, according to the press release. For more info, visit the www.fda.gov.

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