Warm water in Long Island Sound is being blamed for a naturally occurring bacteria in Long Island Sound that sickened at least five people who ate oysters, clams and other shellfish from shallow areas near Norwalk and Westport.
The state has recalled shellfish before due to pollution from storm water runoff or similar reasons. But the Department of Agriculture says a recall announced Monday due to naturally occurring bacteria is a first.
David Carey, director of the agency's Bureau of Aquaculture, says the extreme heat in mid-July is partly to blame for the warm water in shallow areas of the Sound. The state has shut shellfish harvesting areas until September when the water is expected to cool down.
The following licensed Connecticut original shippers, who are also known as harvesters are associated with Recall:
The following dealers received notice from state officials that their product was affected:
If ingested, the bacteria that's known as Vibrio parahaemolyticuscan cause acute stomach illness.
The Connecticut Department of Public Health officials said any establishments shoud report any illnesses.
For more information of the recall, click here, www.ct.gov/doag/cwp/view.asp?Q=529440&A=1401
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