July 31, 2006

Shoot the oyster

Uh-oh, the Feds are getting into the act. First it was the state-level Health Dep't telling folks not to eat bivalves because a bacterium, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, had infested oyster beds in along Hood Canal. Wrote letter to Seattle Times, I did, pointing out that the vibrio bacterium is effectively neutralized in a solution of 12 percent alcohol: in other words, a glass of white wine. Slurp.

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But of course the gummint won't tell folks to imbibe. Instead they closed the beds, recalled the oysters, and opened--we kid you not--a marine biotoxin hotline (800-562-5632) and an online biotoxin bulletin.

Slurp. That was last week. Now the heavy hitters from DC have arrived. Food & Drug Admin cites 70 cases of food poisoning, here and on east coast, blamed on bivalves.


Where's Dr. Yi-Cheng Su when you need him? He's the one doing research, at the OSU's Seafood Lab in Newport, that shows wine neutralizes 99% of the vibrio pathogen in 60 seconds. Reported here.

So play it safe: don't slurp that oyster after all. Chew it well and slurp the wine instead.

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Posted by Ronald Holden at July 31, 2006 5:18 PM

Funny, my friend Bill served a few dozen oysters (procured from the docks at Fihserman's terminal) at a party he held last weekend - a pre-wedding party. Everybody, including the bride an myself, had no problem slurping some down, despite the warnings appearing in the local media that week. The next day - a perfect wedding with no bowel distress or other shellfish-related discomforts for anyone. Still, a winter oyster is less mushy, more crisp and plump and crunchy. Let me know if you want me to stop my inane replies to your blog. I love oysters. -A

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