The marketing of oysters produced in the Grandcamp-Maisy Est and Géfosse-Fontenay sectors, in the Bayeux district, was banned this Friday.
The Calvados prefecture took this “temporary” decision due to “cases of collective food poisoning”. “The symptoms are those of acute gastroenteritis,” she said.
The “traceability surveys and analyzes carried out on farmed oysters indicate that contamination of oysters from” the sectors cited “is in question”, according to the prefecture.
Like in Arcachon
It is these same health reasons which led the Gironde prefecture to take similar measures to oysters produced in the Arcachon basinthis week.
The prefect of Calvados also asks “people who have shellfish from these areas not to consume them and to return them to the points of sale” and emphasizes that “recreational shellfish fishing is also prohibited”.
“No other area in Calvados is concerned”
The prefecture also banned “temporarily fishing, harvesting and marketing activities intended for human consumption of shellfish from the aforementioned areas”. “The batches of shellfish harvested in these areas must be withdrawn from sale,” added the prefecture.
These ban measures “only concern the two sectors of Grandcamp-Maisy and Géfosse-Fontenay: no other production area in Calvados is concerned” and “these measures will be lifted as soon as the health quality of the shellfish has returned to full health. satisfactory,” adds the prefecture.
These temporary bans are a hard blow for oyster farmers, because the end-of-year holidays are one of the main periods for oyster consumption.