After the oysters, shellfish. Fishing and consumption of shellfish from the town of Bouin (Vendée) is prohibited due to the presence of norovirus, the prefecture announced on Friday. “This ban follows a case of collective food poisoning” after the consumption of shellfish from the Coupelasse area, in the commune of Bouin, “having led to digestive disorders among consumers of shellfish, of gastro-type enteritis,” explains the Vendée prefecture in a press release.
The ban concerns “professional fishing, the collection, transport, storage and marketing of shellfish”, details the prefecture. It will be valid “until the re-establishment of a satisfactory health situation”.
Big blow during the holidays
In recent days, analyzes revealed the presence of norovirusresponsible for gastroenteritis, in Arcachon but also in Calvados, the Channel or even the Vendée. This situation has led to temporary bans on the marketing of oysters, traditionally very popular at Christmas and New Year.
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According to the oyster farmers of Arcachon, the sanitation system of the banks of the basin, overwhelmed by the heavy precipitation in the fall, is to blame. The Arcachon Basin Water Defense Association (Adeba) announced that it had filed a complaint on December 29 against the intercommunal union responsible for sanitation. The prefect of Gironde must bring together the communities concerned next week to “accelerate” investments in wastewater management.