Death by Oysters

By Sally Fallon Morell

If there ever were a good example of double standard coming from the food safety folks, it’s a November 2011 article on oyster deaths posted at Food Safety News (www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/11/still-too-many-raw-oyster-deaths/). The report expresses concern for the economic viability of the Gulf oyster industry, recovering from one of the worst environmental disasters in history, but also notes that oysters still kill fifteen people per year. FDA wants “post-harvest processing,” a euphemism for irradiation, which the industry and Louisiana politicians have resisted tooth and nail—so far successfully. So you eat oysters at your own risk, and government officials have held back from pronouncements that oysters are “inherently dangerous.”

But for raw milk, which has killed no one for at least twelve years, and perhaps for decades, FDA officials have nothing but opprobrium, and certainly no concern for the hundreds of raw milk producers and the economic viability of this growing economic sector. FDA has just posted new and fraudulent warnings against this health-providing food: www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/Product-SpecificInformation/MilkSafety/ConsumerInformationAboutMilkSafety/ucm247991.htm.

(Feb 3, 2015 update: The FDA’s page has been removed but you can read it on the Internet Archive “Wayback Machine” here: https://web.archive.org/web/20120203015203/http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/Product-SpecificInformation/MilkSafety/ConsumerInformationAboutMilkSafety/ucm247991.htm)

Sally Fallon Morell

Sally Fallon Morell is the author of Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats (with Mary G. Enig, PhD), a well-researched, thought-provoking guide to traditional foods with a startling message: Animal fats and cholesterol are not villains but vital factors in the diet, necessary for normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels. She joined forces with Enig again to write Eat Fat, Lose Fat, and has authored numerous articles on the subject of diet and health. The President of the Weston A. Price Foundation and founder of A Campaign for Real Milk, Sally is also a journalist, chef, nutrition researcher, homemaker, and community activist. Her four healthy children were raised on whole foods including butter, cream, eggs and meat.

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  1. same thing in British Columbia in 2015. About 50 people were sickened after eating shellfish harvested from foreshore visited by “red tide / vibrio” by freelancers. This happens nearly ever summer. The response of the provincial govt., is to convene a seminar to assist the oyster businesses handle their product more carefully! Meanwhile raw milk for human consumption is categorically defined as a “threat to public health” in the Public Health Act regulation

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