Costa Rica's seafood sector reeling after illnesses

Seafood sales in Costa Rica have dropped 50 percent in the wake of a string of more than 100 illnesses linked to the restaurant La Princesa Marina in Moravia, a northeastern San José suburb.

Friday, May 16, 2008

“(The ailment) was food poisoning,” said Health Minister María Luisa Avila. “(It is) most likely E. coli, caused by poor management during the process of cleaning and preparing the food.”

The Water and Sewage Institute (AyA) was commissioned to test the well water that the restaurant had been using.

What it found was not pretty.

“The water was contaminated with fecal matter,” Darner Mora, director of the AyA's water laboratory, told The Tico Times. “But I don't know if that caused the contamination.”

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An increase of 12% in 2012, signals a growing trend by U.S. consumers for smoked flavoured foods.

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