FDA to ban sale of raw oysters from Gulf of Mexico
…The Gulf region supplies about two-thirds of U.S. oysters, and some people in the $500 million industry argue that the anti-bacterial procedures are too costly. They insist adequate measures are already being taken to battle germs, including increased refrigeration on oyster boats and warnings posted in restaurants.
About 15 people die each year in the United States from raw oysters infected with Vibrio vulnificus, which typically is found in warm coastal waters between April and October. Most of the deaths occur among people with weak immune systems caused by health problems like liver or kidney disease, cancer, diabetes, or AIDS.
SWEET Mary Mother of God!!!! Enough, Nutritional Nanny Nazis! EE freakin’ NUFF!!!
Kiss that ACME Oyster House in New Orleans goodbye, as well as a traditional way of life from Apalachicola to the Mississippi. And why???
…The FDA is promoting a ban because high-risk groups are not heeding warnings about raw oysters, and millions of other people may not know they are vulnerable.
Because FIFTEEN UNFORTUNATE SOULS ~ many of whom IGNORE THE WARNINGS ~ die. Per year. F.I.F.T.E.E.N.
People are repeatedly and expensively and assertively told NOT TO DRINK AND DRIVE…but they still do. And FAR more people are MURDERED on the highways than die from sneaking an oyster, but do we ban driving?
You’ll have to pry those oysters from my cold, wet fingers, you blithering bi-valve banners.
God, I’m pissed.