Raw oysters still a health threat, GAO report finds

Source: Dina ElBoghdady, The Washington Post

Federal regulators have failed to solve a serious health problem involving raw oysters, which are the most common source of seafood-related death in the country, according to a new report from a government watchdog group. For about a decade, the Food and Drug Administration has been pushing the shellfish industry to reduce the number of illnesses caused by naturally occurring bacterium found in raw or undercooked Gulf Coast oysters. But these oysters continue to sicken about 32 people on average each year, killing about half of them, said the report from the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress.

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