Food Poisoning Outbreak Costs Oyster Farmer

NEW ZEALAND - A New Zealand oyster farmer says his company stands to lose thousands of dollars in business after a major food poisoning incident at Eden Park.</b> <br><br> Contaminated Korean oysters, served raw at a rugby test match last month, caused an estimated 352 people to fall ill, the country&#39;s largest documented foodborne gastroenteritis outbreak. <br><br> The Food Safety Authority has suspended all imports of the Korean shellfish but oyster farmers want to a total ban, such as introduced in Australia two years ago. <br><br> Aquaculture Council chair Callum McCullum says the story has prompted concern from overseas clients who thought New Zealand oysters were to blame. <br><br> His company, Clevedon Coast Oysters, usually supplies the Eden Park caterers, who are now removing oysters from the menu for six months. <br><br> <i>Source: National Business Review</i>

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