FDA cautions about norovirus outbreak associated with oysters

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing a warning to individuals residing in Texas to New England to steer clear of consuming oysters that have been harvested by the Connecticut-based company, Norm Bloom & Sons. This caution comes after these oysters were found to be associated with a norovirus outbreak in Minnesota.

The FDA made an announcement on Thursday, revealing that oysters from Norm Bloom & Son, a Westport, Conn.-based company, have been purchased by restaurants and food retailers in Connecticut, Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Texas.

The oysters that were affected were harvested on February 20th and bear the lot number 207.

According to the FDA, they have found that the oysters have been linked to a norovirus outbreak in Minnesota and may potentially be contaminated with the norovirus.

The agency cautioned restaurants and food retailers against serving or selling oysters infected with norovirus. In turn, consumers are advised not to consume these oysters. Norovirus can lead to symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, and fever.

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