Times Picayune article here: Louisiana blasts new FDA rule requiring oysters to be sterilized to prevent rare bacterial illness
"The rule will essentially eliminate raw oysters -- at least as Louisianans know them -- from restaurant menus for seven months of the year. Even oysters that will eventually be cooked during those months would have to go through the same cleansing process before being added to any dish, a move some say would undermine the culinary integrity of some of New Orleans' most famous delicacies."
Seattle wonders if Northwest oysters will be next...
The seafood industry has faced monumental challenges in the past few years and now this could cripple or kill many South Louisiana restaurants. There's already warning signs posted in every restaurant that sells raw oysters warning patrons about the potential dangers. I do not see why the FDA feels so compelled to do this when there are so many greater threats around. Aren't they eaten raw practically around the world?
The Louisiana Restaurant Association is urging restaurants, fishermen and the public to call their members of Congress and the White House to get the FDA to rescind its plan.