VANCOUVER : A voluntary recall has been issued for a brand of raw West Coast oysters after three groups of diners got food poisoning after eating together in the Vancouver-area.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning the public not to eat Effingham extra small raw oysters, produced by Albion Fisheries and Sea World Fisheries, after the 16 people became ill.
"They had norovirus-like illness -- diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramps -- and they've now recovered," said Anna Marie D'Angelo, a spokeswoman for Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.
"We reported that to the food inspection agency."
D'Angelo said the unrelated groups of people became sick last Friday, Sunday and Monday, leading to an investigation and then the recall. She didn't know if people in other areas of the province have become sick too."