Taylor opposes oyster proposal, representative’s letter to FDA protests possible changes

U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor has written a letter to the Food and Drug Administration to oppose their plans to require raw oysters to undergo a post-catch process to rid them of a very rare, but potentially deadly bacteria.

The FDA may require one of four treatments for Gulf oysters caught during the warm summer months: quick frozen, high-pressure treated, mild heat or low-dose gamma radiation to help lower deaths from the Vibrio vulnificus bacteria. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources says the bacteria occurs more commonly between April and October when coastal waters are warmest, though they say they have heard of few cases here.

The regulations could take effect in 2011, but the seafood industry may be gearing up to oppose them.

Sun Herald