Good (and safe) news for oyster lovers
Food scientists in Oregon are developing new ways to ensure safe oyster consumption.
That’s good news for the nation’s oyster lovers. The United States produces 27 million pounds of oysters each year. An estimated 45,000 people get food poisoning annually from consuming oysters, a number that’s been on the rise.
The researchers’ work resulted in new postharvest processing techniques that remove harmful bacteria. One of their innovations is a high-pressure washing method—a more rigorous way to remove surface contaminants than the traditional rinse given by most processors.
The new technique is now used by national oyster processors in Washington and Louisiana. The method is gaining acceptance, although it requires investment in new equipment.