RI issues warning about shellfish from Conn. sites

8/5/2013 2:45 PM
By Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Health officials in Rhode Island are warning restaurants, seafood markets and consumers not to eat recalled shellfish harvested from specific sites in Connecticut.

The state announced Monday that oysters and clams harvested between July 3 and Aug. 2 in Westport and Norwalk, Conn., may have been contaminated by bacteria believed to be the cause of several recent illnesses. Health officials say a distributor in Rhode Island received the recalled shellfish.

The bacteria, known as vibrio, can cause serious gastrointestinal illness.

The recalled shellfish are all from specific lot numbers.

More information on the recalled shellfish, including the specific lot numbers, is available at the Department of Health's website: health.ri.gov.

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