Imported Korean seafood may be contaminated with norovirus and should not be eaten, warns the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which is urging the nation's stores and restaurants to stop selling Korean oysters, clams, mussels, and some types of scallops.
Norovirus is capable of causing viral gastroenteritis in humans, which can lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. Symptoms may take 12-48 hours to develop after consumption of the infected food and last up to three days.
Reuters reports that four people in the U.S. fell ill after eating the tainted seafood late last year. The FDA says that problems in Korean sanitation controls may have caused human fecal matter to contaminate waters where the seafood was harvested.
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