Category Archives: Food Safety Articles

Raw Shellfish Food Safety

Raw shellfish (e.g. oysters, clams, mussels) pose an increased food illness risk  – as they are filter feeders and become contaminated when their waters are polluted with raw sewage and bacteria. Always cook shellfish – i.e., by baking, grilling, or broiling – to a minimum internal temperature of 145°F (62.8°C) – as measured with a food thermometer.

Norovirus Infections – How can I stay safe?

Norovirus is a highly contagious virus and the most common viral foodborne illness. Norovirus infection is acquired by consuming produce (fruit and vegetables) irrigated with contaminated water contaminated with human or animal feces – or shellfish farmed or harvested in water contaminated with human sewage.
Because only a few norovirus particles can make people sick, infection can also occur by consuming food handled by a person infected with the virus – or being in direct contact with an object, surface, or person that has been infected.