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FDA to ban raw Gulf oysters unless treated for bacteria; proposal would take effect in 2011
Mobile Press-Register ^ | October 27, 2009 | The Associated Press

Posted on 10/28/2009 4:47:50 AM PDT by suthener

NEW ORLEANS -- Federal officials plan to ban sales of raw oysters harvested from the Gulf of Mexico unless the shellfish are treated to destroy potentially deadly bacteria.

(Excerpt) Read more at blog.al.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: fda; government; oysters
Big government strikes again. "The anti-bacterial process treats oysters with a method similar to pasteurization, using mild heat, freezing temperatures, high pressure and low-dose gamma radiation." I don't think my local fish house has the capablity to give their oysters a low-dose gamma radiation treatment.
1 posted on 10/28/2009 4:47:51 AM PDT by suthener
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To: suthener

Not that I like raw oysters (clams are much better, IMHO), but your right to consume the shellfish of your choice should not come under the pervue of the nanny state.

They came for the oysters, but that was OK because I liked clams. Then, they came for the clams.......

They can have my oysters when they pry them from my cold dead hands.....

And so forth.


2 posted on 10/28/2009 4:53:22 AM PDT by RoadGumby (Ask me about Ducky)
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To: suthener

How many deaths from oysters last year??


3 posted on 10/28/2009 4:53:49 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: suthener

Obviously Gulf Coast oystermen haven’t been meeting their political campaign contribution quotas. Welcome to Chicago, boys...


4 posted on 10/28/2009 4:54:27 AM PDT by Clioman (wHAT)
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To: suthener

However Chinese grown shrimp laced with antibiotics and mercury are A-OK!


5 posted on 10/28/2009 4:59:55 AM PDT by ikka (Brother, you asked for it!)
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To: suthener

I wonder what the plan is for oysters sold by the sack still in the hull.


6 posted on 10/28/2009 5:02:01 AM PDT by houeto (I peered inside the Treasury's door and alas, the entire vault was empty. We've been robbed!)
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To: suthener

One of my fondest memories is sitting outdoors with friends at a oyster shack in Fort Walton Beach and consuming 3 dozen raw oysters and a six pack of beer. Looks like I had better get down there soon if I want to relive that memory.


7 posted on 10/28/2009 5:02:50 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Sacajaweau

“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.”


8 posted on 10/28/2009 5:04:52 AM PDT by suthener
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To: suthener

Also here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2372527/posts


9 posted on 10/28/2009 5:05:36 AM PDT by Artemis Webb
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To: suthener

“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.”

Get a doctor’s note before eating oysters?

What’s REALLY behind this ruling?


10 posted on 10/28/2009 5:05:47 AM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: Artemis Webb

Thanks. I did a search for oysters. I guess I was wrong to assume an article about oysters would actually have the word oyster in the keywords.


11 posted on 10/28/2009 5:07:53 AM PDT by suthener
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To: suthener

Heck you do more than I do then.
I just do a title search and then I’m done with it.
In other words I just wanted to link the two threads a little not imply that you failed on your end (which you did not).


12 posted on 10/28/2009 5:10:55 AM PDT by Artemis Webb
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To: suthener

Search titles, not keywords.

I wish titles were the default search, and not keywords.


13 posted on 10/28/2009 5:12:53 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: suthener

Search titles, not keywords.

I wish titles were the default search, and not keywords.


14 posted on 10/28/2009 5:13:00 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: houeto
"I wonder what the plan is for oysters sold by the sack still in the hull."

Radiation would work just fine for those. The bias against treating food with radiation to kill bacteria is simply ridiculous. There are ZERO harmful effects from such processes. The whole "bad radiation" meme is simply scientifically ludicrous. Any chemical reaction products induced in the food by the irradiation are no different from those formed by free radical processes that happen naturally.

15 posted on 10/28/2009 5:18:14 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog ( The Hog of Steel)
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To: suthener

Either it’s a problem, and it needs to be dealt with immediately, or its not a problem and we can live without the regulation. Starting the ban in 2011 means that there’s some kind of strong arming going on here. Didn’t know the fishing lobby was that strong.


16 posted on 10/28/2009 5:21:41 AM PDT by AntiKev ("Within the strangest people, truth can find the strangest home." - Great Big Sea - Company of Fools)
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To: FreedomPoster
When you need to search for a word in a title, simply type in the word - title - followed by a colon - : - and then the word in the title you are searching for.

Usually all the recent articles will be on the first page of any title search.

For this article I'd go to the search field and type

title:oysters

and if I found nothing, just to be sure, I'd also to a title search for

title:proposal

I use the title search all the time to find interesting articles, and I also frequently use the keyword search, too.

If I'd like to explore your postings, then I simply type in

posts-by:FreedomPoster

and its a quick search with all your posts displayed in reverse chronological order.

17 posted on 10/28/2009 5:24:51 AM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: AntiKev

I’m sure a lot of gulf state legislators are going to weigh in on this.

At least I hope so...


18 posted on 10/28/2009 5:27:12 AM PDT by Artemis Webb
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To: suthener
This is ridiculous.

There is nothing better than a pitcher of beer and a couple dozen oysters with hot sauce (absolute heaven).

19 posted on 10/28/2009 5:45:45 AM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: suthener

“...treated to destroy potentially deadly bacteria.”

I always thought that was part of the fun about eating oysters, ya never know when you might get a bad one.


20 posted on 10/28/2009 6:03:43 AM PDT by pappyone (New to Freep, still working a tag line.)
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To: suthener

I seem to remember that you should only eat oysters in a month with an R in it.


21 posted on 10/28/2009 6:16:00 AM PDT by sportutegrl (If liberals could do math, they would be conservatives.)
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To: sportutegrl

Several people have brought that up. There are different theories about that. One is that the rain in the summer causes lots of fresh water to run into the bays (note that summer months don’t have “r” in them). The fresh water promotes bacteria growth that contaminates the oysters. The other theory is that this is a wive’s tale that was made obsolete with the invention of refrigeration. I hope that’s not too much information.


22 posted on 10/28/2009 7:12:18 AM PDT by suthener
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To: Wonder Warthog

I don’t necessarily believe there is anything wrong with radiated food either, but Southern Fish and Oyster, where I buy my oysters almost right off the boat, does not have the capabilities to do that, and I don’t think it’s necessary. According to the article, oysters kill 15 people a year, most of whom I would bet already have underlying health problems.


23 posted on 10/28/2009 7:17:13 AM PDT by suthener
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To: suthener
"I don’t necessarily believe there is anything wrong with radiated food either, but Southern Fish and Oyster, where I buy my oysters almost right off the boat, does not have the capabilities to do that, and I don’t think it’s necessary."

They probably don't, but the equipment to do so certainly exists, and much of it is designed for "deep field use" (i.e. right off the boat) kind of robustness.

"According to the article, oysters kill 15 people a year, most of whom I would bet already have underlying health problems."

I agree. With that death rate, this "problem" should be WAAAYYYY down the priority list. But that sort of implies that political animals have some sort of common sense. Most of the evidence says they don't.

24 posted on 10/28/2009 7:50:41 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog ( The Hog of Steel)
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