FDA Warning Spurs Oyster Rules

Mindful of a new federal crackdown on the sale of contaminated oysters, Virginia is considering rules to ensure tainted oysters taken from the Chesapeake Bay are not shipped out of state, threatening the closure of the whole industry.

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission is looking to tighten oversight to make sure harvesters store oysters on ice. The commission is also considering outfitting watermen’s boats with satellite technology to guarantee fresh oysters, among other measures.

The new rules, which will likely be taken up in April, are in response to a Food and Drug Administration crackdown on oysters.

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