On January 13, the BC Centre for Disease Control issued an advisory regarding a norovirus outbreak connected with the consumption of raw or lightly-cooked oysters harvested from British Columbia waters.

No Health Authority has issued a ban on the sale or consumption of oysters at this date.

BCCDC held a call January 18 to update industry on the outbreak:

  • Their advice to processors was to be vigilant about employee illness.
  •  CFIA has advised impacted oyster processors and lease-holders.
  • There is no concrete evidence about the cause of the outbreak.

The BCCDC advisory and background information can be found here: http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/news-releases/2017/bccdc-advises-consumers-to-properly-cook-oysters

There has been significant media coverage of this story.  RCC has not, however, received any media inquiries on this topic.  Members are welcome to forward any inquiries to RCC.

Next Steps:

RCC will continue to participate in BCCDC information sessions during the outbreak.  We will update members as required.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact: Greg Wilson, Director, Government Relations (B.C.) at: [email protected] or 604-736-0368