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   FDA Backs Off Gulf Coast Oyster Ban
by Scott Hensley, NPR
Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 4:28PM EST

Gastronomic thrill-seekers and oyster producers, rejoice!

The Food and Drug Administration is putting on ice a planned ban on the sale of untreated, raw oysters harvested from warm Gulf Coast waters due to infection hazards.

The agency backpedaled after howls of protest from politicians and the shellfish industry. FDA said last month that it planned to halt the sale of these oysters, if they weren't treated to prevent infections with Vibiro vulnificus, a cause of serious illness in people with weak immune systems or poor health.

About 15 people a year die from Vibrio infections contracted from raw oysters.

To read the rest of the story, please go to: NPR


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