Lawmakers Fight Raw-Oyster Ban Under FDA’s Ban

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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