Centre for Food Safety suspends import of French raw oysters following food poisoning cases

Earl Huitres Geay

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has issued an immediate directive to halt the import of raw oysters produced by Earl Huitres Geay FR 17.452.121 CE in France. The CFS has also instructed the trade to cease the use and sale of the affected product if they currently possess it.

The decision comes after the CFS was alerted by the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health regarding two cases of food poisoning linked to the consumption of raw oysters at two separate restaurants. Acting swiftly, the CFS conducted investigations at the implicated establishments located in Tsim Sha Tsui and Sha Tin, revealing that both had served raw oysters from Earl Huitres Geay FR 17.452.121 CE in France. As a precautionary measure, the CFS has mandated the suspension of all imports and sales of raw oysters originating from the aforementioned producer.

Furthermore, the CFS has instructed the supplier and the affected restaurants to immediately cease the supply and sale of the implicated raw oysters. Efforts are underway to trace the distribution of the affected product. The trade is urged to discontinue the use and sale of the product if they currently possess it.

Emphasizing the potential risks associated with raw oysters, a spokesman for the CFS highlighted that oysters have the capacity to accumulate pathogens if they are grown or harvested in contaminated water. Consequently, raw or partially cooked oysters are classified as high-risk foods. Individuals belonging to vulnerable groups, such as pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems or liver diseases, are advised to refrain from consuming raw oysters.