Warm weather warnings for shellfish lovers nationwide

May 19, 2017

From the Pacific Northwest to the Florida Keys, public health officials warn of increasing dangers from foodborne bacteria in raw and undercooked oysters and other shellfish as summer approaches.

“Naturally occurring bacteria in warm coastal seawater becomes more abundant in the summer months and can concentrate in the tissues of oysters and other shellfish,” according to a recent warning posted by the Florida Department of Health.

Contaminated oysters and other shellfish do not look, smell or taste different, according to the warning.

“Each year, we see cases of foodborne illness resulting from eating raw or undercooked seafood, particularly raw oysters,”