According to information released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) all Korean certified
shippers have been removed from the Interstate Certified Shellfish Shippers List (ICSSL) effective
All fresh and fresh frozen molluscan shellfish (for example: clams, mussels, oysters, scallops) from Korea should be considered from an unapproved source, the FDA says.
In addition, FDA considers all fresh and fresh frozen molluscan shellfish and all products
subsequently derived from fresh and fresh frozen molluscan shellfish from the Republic of Korea to be poor quality.
The FDA is working to establish a strategy for final disposition of the implicated product and
complete details are not yet available.
The FDA is also reminding retail and food service operators that molluscan shellfish served or sold
to consumers should be obtained from sources that are in compliance with the National Shellfish
Sanitation Program and are listed in the ICSSL.
State and local retail food codes modeled after the FDA Food Code contain requirements that make it unlawful for retailers and food service operators to obtain molluscan shellfish from unlisted
sources, such as the fresh and fresh frozen raw molluscan shellfish from the Republic of Korea.
FDA encourages state and local retail food regulatory authorities to enforce those requirements in
the food establishments they license and inspect.