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TX oysters sickening diners, including some in North Carolina

Oyster harvests in the Gulf of Mexico have been in decline for decades.
Tyler Jones
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UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones
A recall has been issued for any shell and shucked oysters harvested in the southeastern Galveston Bay known as TX1 between Nov. 17 and Dec. 7. North Carolina restaurants and stores may be impacted by this recall.

A recall has been issued for any shell and shucked oysters harvested in the southeastern Galveston Bay known as TX1 between Nov. 17 and Dec. 7.

North Carolina restaurants and stores may be impacted by this recall.

Officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services says they have received reports of gastrointestinal illness in people who reported eating oysters associated with this recall. There have been several dozen cases nationally.

State officials have been working with local health departments to ensure restaurants are aware of the recall, the recalled product is discarded and any illness complaints are reported.

Anyone currently experiencing an oyster-related illness like fever, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, chills and headache should seek medical attention.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.