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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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