Oysters Spared A Warm Water Ban

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Obama administration is backing off a plan to ban raw oysters from the Gulf of Mexico during warm weather.
The FDA acted after meeting with fierce resistance from the oyster industry and Gulf Coast lawmakers. Instead, the agency told lawmakers Friday it will put the proposal on hold while it studies ways to make consumption of raw oysters more safe, according to several lawmakers.
Critics said the plan could have killed a $500 million industry and thousands of jobs.
The ban would have prohibited sales of raw oysters from the Gulf for much of the year unless the shellfish were treated to destroy bacteria that kills about 15 people per year.

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  • by Amazed Location: Meridian on Nov 16, 2009 at 10:43 AM
    I had some delicious raw oysters this past Saturday night at The Half Shell Oyster Bar in Gulfport. Great new restaurant on Hwy 49 downtown just a block from the beach. I asked where they came from and they buy them right off the dock in Pass Christian. They were fresh and delicious. Those folks are still struggling down there, and the seafood industry has been the way they've made their living for generations. Obama needs to worry about bigger things. People who eat blowfish take a risk too.
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