Wegmans Recalls Oysters for Potential Vibrio Contamination

Wegmans is recalling its Cape Neddick/Blue Point Oysters for potential Vibrio parahaemolyticus contamination, according to a press release issued by the company last week.

The recalled oysters were sold at various New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut Wegmans stores. They were labeled with the following UPC codes: 2-06146-00000, 2-06152-00000, 2-06153-00000.

The recalled oysters were sold in Wegmans seafood departments between July 13, 2013 and August 5, 2013. They may also have been sold in Wegmans restaurants, Food Bars and Pubs during that timeframe.

When consumed raw, these oysters pose a health threat, particularly to individuals with compromised immune systems.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 4,000 cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infection occur in the United States every year. Symptoms of infection include watery diarrhea, often with abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, fever and chills. Usually these symptoms occur within 24 hours of ingestion. Illness is usually self-limited and lasts 3 days.