The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to eat raw oysters harvested from an area of Hood Canal in Washington State following an outbreak of illness in that state caused by Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria. Raw oysters harvested from “growing area 4” in Hood Canal from August 30 to September 19 have been linked to three confirmed and two possible cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus illness.

Illness is typically characterized by nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The symptoms begin from a few hours up to five days after consumption of raw or undercooked seafood, particularly shellfish, or after ingestion of surface waters.

For more information on the outbreak click HERE. The FDA encourages consumers with questions about seafood safety to call 1-888-SAFEFOOD or to write toCONSUMER@FDA.GOV.

If you or someone you know, has suffered sickness or illness as a result of food poisoning, contact the Montana legal offices of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. You may be entitled to legal compensation if you have become ill as a result of Vibrio parahaemolyticus illness.