Sea Port Products Issues Recall of Scallops After Possible Link to Hepatitis A Illnesses
fda, cdc investigates outbreak of hepatitis a illnesses linked to raw scallops
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local officials are investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A illnesses linked to raw scallops.
On August 18, 2016, Sea Port Products Corp initiated a voluntary recall of three lots of frozen Bay Scallops produced on November 23 and 24, 2015. The lot numbers are 5885, 5886, and 5887. The products were distributed to California, Hawaii, and Nevada. According to Sea Port Products Corp, the recalled products are not intended for retail sale.
As of August 17, 2016, the Hawaii Department of Health had confirmed 206 cases of hepatitis A within the state.
A FDA laboratory analysis of two scallop samples, which were collected on August 11, 2016, were confirmed positive for hepatitis A.
The FDA is working with the recalling firm to ensure their recall is effective and that recalled product is removed from the market.
Restaurants and other retailers should not sell or serve the recalled Bay Scallops. According to Sea Port Products Corp, the recalled products are not intended for retail sale.
Consumers should ask the restaurant or retailer where their scallops came from to make sure they do not eat recalled Bay Scallops from Sea Port Products Corp.
See the FDA recall release for more information regarding the affected scallops, and for information on any possible Hepatitis A illness.
The FDA encourages consumers with questions about food safety to call (888)-SAFEFOOD.