Don’t order oysters the next time you go out, they’re likely contaminated with norovirus. It turns out that New Jersey is one of the states that received the contaminated batch from Canada.
Twelve other states (California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington), took delivery of the contaminated oysters.
State officials here and in the other states are working with the FDA and Canadian officials to identify all likely areas of the outbreak.
You have to be careful with norovirus. It’s a nasty, sneaky little bug. Foods contaminated with it appear normal with no strange smell, taste, or appearance. Once infected, most will experience nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and diarrhea. Some will experience fever, headache, and body aches. Those symptoms commonly develop within 12 to 48 hours and last between 1 and 3 days. The issue will resolve itself, but it will be an uncomfortable 3 days, and with a fleet of symptoms such as those, you’re going to have to make sure you hydrate and rest.
Restaurants and retailers that have taken delivery of oysters labeled with “British Columbia, BC 14-8 and BC 14-15”, with a harvest date starting as early as January 31, 2022, should throw them away and not serve them. For lovers of oysters, we suggest switching to clams, or something, for the time being.
Anyone looking to eat oysters on a first date because of its aphrodisiastic qualities, again, hold off, and order the lobster. You definitely don’t want your head in a toilet as part of a first impression.