When considering the best time of year to eat oysters, clams, mussels, and other mollusks, consumers may often hear the advice, “Never eat shellfish unless there is an R in the month.” This rule of thumb suggests that it is safer to eat shellfish from September through April and to avoid it from May to

oystersKRLD News Radio reports that a Dallas resident has died after eating raw oysters. Jamie Nicolay with the Collin County Health Department says the victim ate the oysters at a restaurant in Plano. Oysters can be contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio vulnificus.

The bacterium is naturally present in marine environments and does not alter the


One of the most prestigious oyster-growing regions in the world is in turmoil after two people died of suspected poisoning and France authorities banned sales until further notice. The victims, aged 77 and 61, died within hours of being admitted to hospital. Both had eaten oysters from France’s Bay of Arcachon.

Oyster farmers have urged

The Bellingham Herald reports that high levels of bacteria in raw oysters from south Puget Sound and Hood Canal have been making people ill across Washington and in other states.
About 50 people in Washington and dozens elsewhere have become sick, said Donn Moyer, media relations manager for the state Department of Health. At least two people have become sick enough to be hospitalized.
The bacteria, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, are present in Northwest marine waters all year, but levels are higher during warmer weather. Eating raw shellfish that contain high levels of the bacteria can cause explosive diarrhea and stomach cramps in humans.Continue Reading Health officials: Shellfish bacteria making people ill in Washington

The Associated Press reports that health officials in Oregon have issued a warning asking residents to avoid eating raw oysters after 14 people in the state fell ill over the last few days.
Those affected came down with infection caused by a bacteria directly associated with raw oyster consumption.
According to the state, symptoms of the illness include watery diarrhea, cramps, vomiting and fever. Most people recover without treatment.Continue Reading Officials: Oregon residents should avoid eating raw oysters, for now

The Herald reports that the Florida Department of Health urges high-risk Floridians to avoid consuming raw oysters, which often harbor the naturally occurring bacteria Vibrio vulnificus.
“It’s important to understand that most cases of Vibrio vulnificus can be avoided by taking the proper precautions,” health secretary M. Rony Fran ‘ois said in a recent news release. “There are several cooking techniques individuals in high-risk groups can use to enjoy oysters while remaining safe.”Continue Reading Florida issues oyster alert