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Officials warn people to not eat shellfish imported from Korea

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:37 p.m. HST, May 16, 2012

The state Department of Health today issued an advisory warning people to not to eat fresh or frozen shellfish — clams, oysters or mussels —that come from Korea.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports that these items, and many products made from these shellfish, imported from Korea to the United States may be contaminated and unsafe for human consumption.

There have been no recent reported illnesses in Hawaii related to clams, mussels and oysters imported from Korea. The state is advising consumers to avoid these products as a precautionary measure, and is notifying local distributors, retailers and restaurants statewide to remove all Korean imported fresh and frozen shellfish from sale.

Effective immediately, FDA has removed all certified dealers in the Korean Shellfish Sanitation Program from its Interstate Certified Shellfish Shippers List. This action stops the shipment of fresh and frozen clams, mussels and oysters from Korea to the United States.

States have been advised to treat Korean shellfish products as being from an unapproved source and therefore should not be commercially served, distributed or sold.

Consumers who have already purchased fresh or frozen clams, mussels or oysters imported from Korea should discard them or return them to the place of purchase.

Only fresh or frozen shellfish and products made from these shellfish imported from Korea are subject to this advisory.

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Ewasohappy wrote:
May be contaminated? Don't they know? There has to be more to this story.
on May 16,2012 | 12:51PM
news333 wrote:
Plz StarAdvertiser, you are better than this. Please elaborate before U hurt Korean Markets.
on May 16,2012 | 02:31PM
atilter wrote:
sounds very "iffie". sure it's good to be on guard but who is getting the true why and how reasons behind the "maybe"? this is the kind of approach that makes us consumers wary of "HALF-BAKED BY-LINES" that only cast doubt about the messenger. why are the shellfish bad? what brand names are we to watch out for? what is causing the items "badness"? is it an environmental thing? is it a manufacturing process thing? how can we be sure of the true product sources? still a lot of questions!!! how long will this hold be in effect?
on May 16,2012 | 01:20PM
busterb wrote:
Me tinks dis is a pay you back for them banning Mad Cow beef from the US so quickly. After all, Koreans are just like us and even though it's packaged in Korea, the clams might come from China or Japan. So unless they ban stuff from China and Japan too... scam.
on May 16,2012 | 01:33PM
HD36 wrote:
Three people in Seattle already very sick after eating Korean oysters.
on May 16,2012 | 04:21PM
HD36 wrote:
The FDA says the shellfish come from polluted waters and carry the risk of contracting the norovirus. Stick with kim chee and kal bi.
on May 16,2012 | 04:17PM
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