The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a public warning not to eat Pacific Rim Petite raw oysters, which it says could contain food-borne pathogens.

The following products are affected by the alert:

  • Pacific Rim Shellfish (2003) Corporation – variable quantity – code lot # 1091501
  • Pacific Rim Shellfish (2003) Corporation – variable quantity – code lot # 1092204

The oysters were processed in Vancouver, B.C., and distributed in retail stores and seafood counters across the province.

Food contaminated with food-borne pathogens may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of such organisms may cause symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, headache, dizziness and neck stiffness.

Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may be at a higher risk.

Illnesses have been associated with the consumption of the oysters, and the CFIA is collaborating with Vancouver Coastal Health, Health Canada, the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and the Public Health Agency of Canada to investigate the cause.

For more information consumers can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342.

For all current food recalls, visit the CFIA's food recall report online.