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  • Angel Seafood (AS1) has seen a pause in the sale of its oyster stocks
  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regions in South Australia (PIRSA) has temporarily paused the sale of stock to help determine the cause of an increase in cases of Vibrio Parahaemolyticus in SA, WA and Victoria
  • Angel Seafood says it’s liaising with PIRSA, who will conduct audits of onsite oyster production and handling practices, as well as those of supply chain and logistics providers
  • At this stage PIRSA envisages this audit will be completed by Friday, at which point sales should recommence
  • Company shares last traded at 15 cents at 4:45 pm AEDT

Angel Seafood Holdings (AS1) has seen the sale of its oyster stock temporarily paused, along with other South Australian oyster producers.

As part of a coordinated effort with the industry, the Department of Primary Industries and Regions in South Australia (PIRSA) has temporarily paused the sale of stock in SA, WA and Victoria to help determine the cause of an increase in cases of Vibrio Parahaemolyticus. This follows links to the consumption of South Australian oysters during the past six weeks.  

Vibrio Parahaemolyticus is bacteria that occurs naturally in coastal marine water and estuary environments. When ingested, the bacteria can cause gastrointestinal illness.

Angel Seafood, along with all growers in the state, is liaising with PIRSA, who will conduct audits of onsite oyster production and handling practices, as well as those of supply chain and logistics providers.

The company said it follows strict protocols endorsed by the South Australia Shellfish Quality Assurance Program and the South Australian Oyster Growers Association throughout its farming to minimise the likelihood of the bacteria occurring.

Angel Seafood oysters are also said to be 100 per cent traceable through its supply chain, allowing the company to promptly isolate and manage any incident that may occur.

At this stage PIRSA envisages this audit will be completed by Friday, at which point sales should recommence.

Angel Seafood said its stock remains healthy in the water and will be sold in the future.

Company shares last traded at 15 cents at 4:45 pm AEDT.

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