Product recall – Spring Bay Mussels sold as Coles branded and Spring Bay Seafood

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 5th November 2012

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has issued a recall for mussels that may be contaminated with a naturally occurring marine biotoxin (paralytic shellfish toxin).

The presence of a paralytic shellfish toxin arising from a naturally-occurring algal bloom in Tasmania has forced the closure of Spring Bay Seafood’s shellfish farm and the business has initiated a recall of its mussels from the market.

The products recalled are branded Spring Bay live blue mussels (with use by dates of between 22 October 2012 – 10 November 2012) and Coles Cooked Tasmanian mussels (use by date 12 November 2012) have been supplied by Spring Bay Seafoods Tasmania and have been distributed to TAS, VIC, NSW, ACT, SA, QLD and some Asian countries.

The affected mussels were supplied in shell and supplied in the quantities of 500g and 1kg vacuumed packed bags (Spring bay seafood), 500g (Coles branded – the tomato and herb-based sauce and cream white wine sauce varieties) and 1kg and 2kg net bags (Spring bay seafood). They may also be supplied loose in shell/ per kg.

Symptoms of paralytic shellfish poisoning generally appear 10 to 30 minutes after ingestion and may include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and tingling or burning mouth and extremities. Children and people with weakened immune systems may be more susceptible to the toxins affects. Those affected should seek medical attention.