Food recall warning

Certain Pacific Oysters may be unsafe due to a marine biotoxin which causes Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning

Starting date:
July 19, 2019
Type of communication:
Alert sub-type:
Food Recall Warning
Marine Biotoxin
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Source of recall:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Recalling firm:
Albion Fisheries Ltd. (Richmond), Union Bay Seafood Ltd.
Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario
Extent of the product distribution:
CFIA reference number:

Last updated: 2019-07-23

Advisory details

Ottawa, July 19, 2019 - Industry is recalling certain Pacific oysters from the marketplace due to a marine biotoxin which causes Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

What you should do

Check to see if you have recalled product in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Paralytic shellfish toxins are a group of natural toxins that sometimes accumulate in bivalve shellfish that include oysters, clams, scallops, mussels and cockles. Non-bivalve shellfish, such as whelks, can also accumulate Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins. These toxins can cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) if consumed. Symptoms of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) include tingling and numbness of the lips, tongue, hands and feet, and difficulty swallowing with an onset of a few minutes and up to 10 hours after consumption. In severe situations, this can proceed to difficulty walking, muscle paralysis, respiratory paralysis and death.

Who is affected

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.


This recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.

Affected products

Affected products
Brand name Common name Size Code(s) on product Additional info
Union Bay Seafood Ltd. Pacific oysters, Mica's Petite Effingham Inlet 5 dozen Location: BC 23-6

Landfile: 1403799

Lot: 20190715NW
Harvest Date: 14 July 2019
Union Bay Seafood Ltd. Pacific oysters Effingham Inlet Xs 5 dozen Location: BC 23-6

Landfile: 1403799

Lot: 20190715NW
Harvest Date: 14 July 2019
Intercity Packers Ltd. Oyster N/Shell Effingham XSM 5 dozen Harvest Location: BC 23-6

LF#: 1403799

P.O. No.: 114994
Harvest Date: 7/14/2019


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