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FDA places new regulations on oyster sales

By: Rayne McKenzie Email
By: Rayne McKenzie Email

The food and drug administration has a new plan to cut down on the number of oyster-related deaths which means it may soon be harder to find raw oysters.

Barrentine's Fish and Oyster Market has been open for business for more than 75 years now.

Oysters on the half shell is their specialty

If the FDA has their way, Barrentine’s will have to stop importing raw oysters from the gulf coast during the summer months.

Owner of Barrentine’s Fish Market & Oyster Bar Debbie Floyd said, “It will hurt a lot because we keep our oyster bar open year round and it will really affect us.”

The FDA is proposing that all gulf-raised oysters undergo post production process to kill bacteria...a technique that may save lives, but also alters the texture and flavor of the oysters.

Oyster lover George Kelley said, “If they change the taste of them I would not want them. I’m an old red neck, and any time you get the federal government in something, it gets screwed up.”

Oyster lover Johnny Lasseter said, "I’ve eat oysters all my life and never been sick on one, always enjoyed them."

Oyster sellers want consumers to decide.

Debbie said, “A lot of people like raw steak and if they are not going to force steak restaurants to completely cook their food and let the customers decide then they should do the same thing to people who like oysters.”

Debbie says she may have to close down during the summer months when the plan is implemented.

The new plan to limit live oyster sales from the gulf in the summer months is set to begin in 2011.


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