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FDA to mandate processing of raw oysters

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US-grown oysters will be a hassle to find from May to October once the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) implements its new plan to reduce deaths from bacterial food poisoning.

FDA's Michael Taylor said the agency will fight the fatal Vibrio vulnificus by mandating post-production processing of Gulf-raised oysters to kill the bacteria.

Fresh, live, unprocessed oysters from Texas, Louisiana and Florida will no longer be legally sold from May to October as of 2011. The agency expects to avoid many deaths this way, USA Today reports.

***for those interested in oysters, check out http://www.microbeworld.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=187:save-the-oysters-part-1&catid=36:microbeworld-video&Itemid=146 and http://www.microbeworld.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=188:save-the-oysters-part-2&catid=36:microbeworld-video&Itemid=146)
 
 

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