The Director of the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) would like to provide another update to the public on the recent food recall involving Korean shellfish (oysters, clams, mussels, and scallops) food products.
The Division of Environmental Health (DEH) is continuing to work with local retailers to ensure that affected products are being removed from store shelves and wholesalers are no longer importing and/or distributing the recalled products.
As of June 15, 2012, a total of 36 facilities (27 retail and 9 wholesale establishments) were found to have carried Korean shellfish food products. The 27 retailers and 9 wholesalers are as follows:
- Retailers: American Grocery in Dededo, San Jose Supermarket in Maite, New Happy Mart in Barrigada, Agat Kim Chee Store, Yona 7 Day Supermarket, California Mart in Tamuning, Island Fresh (IGA) in Chalan Pago, La Familia in Dededo, Park’s Market in Dededo, UR Market in Dededo, Song Market in Mangilao, Payless Supermarket in Agana Shopping Center, Kaela's Mart in Dededo, Maxi Mart II in Tamuning, New Oriental Food and Supermarket in Tamuning, Lada Mart in Dededo, Jongho’s Store in Dededo, Papa Store in Dededo, New Young Market in Mangilao, Supermart in Mangilao, A & D Mart in Dededo, Yong Choi Market in Maite, New Boing Mart in Barrigada, Ebenezer Market II in Barrigada, New Besta Market in Barrigada, What's Up in Barrigada, and Victoria J. Mart in Mangilao.
- Wholesalers: Cosmos Distributing Co. LTD. in Tamuning, Guam Tae Eun Corporation in Maite, International Distributors Inc. in Barrigada, Luen Fung Enterprises in Harmon Industrial Park, Onedera Wholesale & Distributors in Dededo, Pacific Grocers in Harmon Industrial Park, Quality Distributors in Harmon Industrial Park, Jae Hoon Corporation in Barrigada, and UNK Wholesale in Upper Tumon.
These retailers and wholesalers have removed the following affected products from their shelves:
- Asian Style Instant Noodle Hot Taste Yeul Ramen (Net Wt. 4.23 oz./120 g);
- Crown Prince Whole Oysters in Water (Net Wt. 8 oz./226 g);
- California Girl Oysters Ostiones (Net Wt. 8 oz./224 g);
- Frozen Oyster (I.Q.F.) (Net Wt. 8 oz./226 g);
- Geisha Whole Oysters in Water (Net Wt. 8 oz./225 g);
- Nong Shim Cham-Pong Noodle Soup (Net Wt. 4.37 oz./124 g);
- Nong Shim Neoguri Udon Type Noodles Mild Seafood (Net Wt. 4.23 oz./120 g);
- Nong Shim Neoguri Noodle Soup Udon Seafood & Spicy (Net Wt. 4.23 oz./120 g);
- Nong Shim Oriental Style Noodle Seafood Ram Yun (Net Wt. 4.41 oz./125 g);
- Nong Shim Oriental Style Noodle Big Bowl Noodle (Shrimp Flavor) (Net Wt. 4.05 oz./115 g);
- Nong Shim Spicy Seafood Champong Noodle Soup – (Net Wt. 2.46 oz./70 g);
- Ottogi Delicious Spinach & Soybean Paste Soup (Net Wt. 1.26 oz./36 g);
- Ottogi Delicious Seaweed Soup (Net Wt. 0.63 oz./18 g); and
- Sempio Seafood Noodle Soup Hot & Spicy (Net Wt. 7.50 oz./212.5 g).
Along with the following seven food products that we are adding to the list:
- Abalone Porridge (cooked white rice porridge with abalone) (Net Wt. 11.01 oz./315 g);
- Bumble Bee Fancy Whole Oyster (Net. Wt. 8 oz. 226 g);
- Nong Shim Oolongmen Cup Noodle Soup with Seafood Flavor (Net Wt. 2.64 oz./75 g);
- Nong Shim Spicy Shrimp Flavor Bowl Noodle Soup (Cameron) (Net Wt. 3.03 oz./86 g);
- Pacific Pearl Whole Oysters (Net Wt. 8 oz./227 g);
- Pacific Pearl SMK Oysters Spring Water (Net Wt. 3.75 oz./106 g); and
- Sincerely Yours Noodle Soup (Nagasaki) (Net Wt. 115 g).
- (Please see attached photographs of the seven items.)
The Department is recommending food distributors, retailers, and eateries to remove from sale or service, all fresh, frozen, and processed (including canned) Korean molluscan shellfish such as oysters, clams, mussels, and scallops, and any product containing these items.
Consumers are encouraged to check the labels of food products that may contain shellfish to ensure it is not of Korean origin. Molluscan shellfish from Korea and products made with molluscan shellfish from Korea should not be consumed. On May 1, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration removed all Korean certified shippers of molluscan shellfish from the Interstate Certified Shellfish Shippers List, following a comprehensive FDA evaluation that determined that the Korean Shellfish Sanitation Program no longer meets the sanitation controls of the National Shellfish Sanitation Program due to ineffective management of land-based pollution sources; inadequate sanitary controls to prevent the discharge of human fecal waste to shellfish growing areas; and detection of norovirus (a group of viruses that cause gastroenteritis) in shellfish growing areas.
To date, the Department has not received any local reports of illnesses associated with any Korean shellfish. Consumers who have purchased any shellfish products from Korea are urged to stop using the product immediately.
For any questions, please contact the Division of Environmental Health at 735-7221.