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FDA Links Bad Oysters And Clams From NY To Foodborne Illnesses In Md. And Other States

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is warning people not to eat raw or partially cooked shellfish harvested from New York’s Oyster Bay Harbor because they have been linked to cases of foodborne illness in several states, including Maryland.

The agency says oysters and clams from the Long Island harbor may be contaminated with bacteria that cause diarrhea, cramping, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms. Consumers should check the tags on their shellfish to identify where they were harvested. If they were harvested in the harbor on or after June 1, consumers should throw them away.

New York regulators closed the Nassau County, N.Y., site to shellfish harvesters July 13.

In addition to Maryland, Shellfish from the area were distributed to several other states including: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

The FDA says the shellfish have been linked to confirmed and possible cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus illness. The bacteria can cause illness within a few hours or as late as five days after being consumed.

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