The state Agriculture Department is warning Utah consumers about a shipment of contaminated Washington state oysters that, if eaten, could cause paralytic shellfish poisoning.

The poisoning is potentially fatal, department compliance officer Dale Yamnik said.Yamnik said about 10 cases of the contaminated oysters made it into Utah stores.

The oysters are from the Minterbrook Oyster Co., Gig Harbor, Wash., he said. The recall involves only shucked oysters in 10-ounce jars with a sell-by date of Oct. 7-26.

Yamnick said symptoms include tingling, burning and numbness around the lips and fingertips, giddiness, incoherent speech and, possibly, respiratory paralysis that can be fatal.