Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) has been notified of a recall of Maine mussels. The affected product was harvested on September 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 from Frenchman's Bay in Maine. This recall is being initiated because levels of the toxin that cause Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP) exceeded the established threshold of 20 ppm. All product should be destroyed. The recall effects the following Maine dealers who purchase directly from harvesters:
Atlantic Shellfish in Jonesport Eastern Maine Mussel in Hancock Moosabec Mussels Inc. in Jonesport Pemaquid Oyster Co. in Waldoboro Stewardship GEM LLC. In Bar Harbor
These dealers may have sold product to Rhode Island shellfish distributors, markets, and restaurants. RIDOH is contacting all Rhode Island shellfish distributors who may have received product from Maine, and in turn, the distributors are contacting their customers and destroying any remaining product they have not already sold. There have been no reported illnesses that are related to this recall.
ASP is characterized by gastrointestinal disorders (vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain) and neurological problems such as confusion, short-term memory loss, disorientation, seizure, or coma. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your healthcare provider.