The Food & Drug Administration is urging stores and restaurants in the U.S. to stop selling imported Korean oysters, clams, mussels and some types of scallops because they may be contaminated with the norovirus.
“These products and any products made with them may have been exposed to human fecal waste and are potentially contaminated with norovirus,” the FDA said Thursday.
Korea’s seafood-safety program no longer meets FDA standards, the agency said. A recent FDA evaluation found problems with Korean sanitation controls that allowed human fecal material to contaminate seafood production in the country.
Korean government officials said they will strengthen the monitoring of seafood production facilities, tighten sanitation controls, and ask the FDA to review its position.