On January 13, the BC Centre for Disease Control issued an advisory regarding a norovirus outbreak connected with the consumption of raw or lightly-cooked oysters harvested from British Columbia waters.

The norovirus outbreak is still ongoing, and the Public Health Agency of Canada has assumed responsibility for this file, as the outbreak has now spread to Alberta and Ontario.

No health authority has issued a ban on the sale or consumption of oysters at this date.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) notice and information on the outbreak can be found here: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/phn-asp/2017/outbreak-norovirus-eclosion-eng.php

Although there are media stories on the issue, RCC has still not received any media inquiries on this topic. Members are welcome to forward any inquiries to RCC.

Next Steps:

RCC will continue to monitor the outbreak.  We will update members as required.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact: Greg Wilson, Director, Government Relations (B.C.) at: [email protected] or 604-736-0368.