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   Lawmakers Fight Raw-Oyster Ban Under FDA's Ban
by S.A. Miller, The Washington Times
Posted: Monday, November 9, 2009 at 4:43PM EST

Gulf Coast lawmakers have a message for the administration: Keep your mitts off my raw oysters.

Senators from Louisiana and Florida are seething over plans to sanitize -- basically cook -- oyster hauls to fight a potentially deadly bacteria found in the Gulf shellfish.

A new Food and Drug Administration rule will ban the sale of fresh, live oysters from the Gulf of Mexico and require they get quick-frozen, heated, pressurized or zapped with gamma irradiation before consumers can take a bite.

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