County and city health officials in Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. have issued a product alert for a local seafood market.
The market, Seafood City, was operating without a health permit, and an investigation of the market found multiple violations, according to the Saint Louis health department. Customers who have purchased seafood from the market should discard it, according to the Saint Louis County Department of Health.
“During the investigation, staff observed multiple refrigeration units holding foods above safe temperatures,” a department release states. “There is a risk of foodborne illness when foods that require refrigeration for safety are not held at proper temperature.”
The department is “urging anyone who purchased food from Seafood City to discard it,” the release states. It added that it is possible some restaurants could have purchased some of the seafood, so it is recommended residents check with restaurants “before consuming seafood.”
“Anyone who may have consumed food products from this store is advised to be aware of the potential for illness and should contact a medical provider if symptoms arise,” the department said.
A department spokesperson added that the store’s seafood counter was closed before in October 2021. The retail portion was allowed to operate until December 2022, until inspectors recorded multiple violations related to coolers that were too warm, according to a report by St. Louis Today.
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