Oysters with norovirus

Warning of noroviruses in oysters

Foodies face a severe gastrointestinal infection from noroviruses in oysters. The Federal Office of Consumer Protection warns of oysters of the "Umami Auster" brand from the Dutch manufacturer Bonton Products. The virus-contaminated mussels were imported by the company Fidi Pus in Kehl, which subsequently sold the goods mainly in the Stuttgart area. The oysters that can be kept until December 21st and 24th should not be consumed due to impending health risks, but should be returned to the seller or destroyed.

In the past few months, noroviruses have been causing horror reports in the media. For example, they are considered to be the cause of severe gastrointestinal infections, which more than 10,000 schoolchildren in eastern Germany were ill with just over two months ago. Noroviruses are often spread through contaminated food. For example, frozen strawberries from China were the source of infection for the East German schoolchildren. Health authorities are now warning of Dutch oysters infected with the norovirus. The virus can pose a considerable health risk, especially for people with an already weakened immune system. After enjoying the delicacy, there is a risk of a severe gastrointestinal infection with typical symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. At the same time, those affected by a norovirus infection often suffer from headaches and general weariness.

The EU Food Safety Authority had issued a rapid warning system about the contaminated Irish oysters processed in Holland. These had also reached Germany, Belgium, Denmark and Norway from the Netherlands. The norovirus was identified in a sample of December 13 oysters. (fp)

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