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The Washington Post reports that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is saying that US retailers should not sell and consumers should not eat shellfish from South Korea, and that it may launch "an extensive recall" of the product.

The story says: "An agency analysis of the Korean shellfish program found unacceptable water pollution levels in shellfish-growing areas and periodic detection of norovirus, a common cause of acute gastroenteritis, or inflammation of the stomach and intestines.

"Although the FDA lacks the authority to regulate retailers and their suppliers, it can seize contaminated products that are not removed from commerce. The agency has recommended that stores and distributors stop selling Korean shellfish. The advisory does not affect Korean crab or shrimp or any shellfish grown and produced domestically."
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