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Ever slurped a raw oyster straight from the shell? There’s nothing quite like the briny flavor or bracing sensation as the mollusk slides down your throat. Oyster slurping is more than an act of consumption; it’s an expression of culture.
So the FDA stomped some toes when it recently announced it would ban the sale of raw oysters harvested from the
Why? Diners want to make their own choices about what they eat, and what risks they’re willing, or unwilling, to take. Whether it’s raw beef (steak tartare), raw fish (sushi), or raw eggs (Caesar dressing), we’re faced daily with decisions about whether to consume potentially hazardous foods.
The FDA can’t win. Critics blame the agency for insufficient oversight in reducing salmonella and E. coli, but want the feds to stay far away from their oyster shells.