On Buying Oysters
Oysters are sold to the public in a number of ways.
Canned oysters can be found in just about any well stocked grocery
store across North America. Some stores also carry tasty smoked
oysters in vacuum packs. Buying these oysters is pretty straight
forward. The only consideration I can think of is perhaps to
look on the label and see what country they came from. I avoid
buying any oysters, canned or otherwise, which did not come from
American or Canadian waters. I know the many food safety hoops
American and Canadian growers constantly have to jump through
before they can sell their wares. Although I recognize that Chinese
shellfish growers also work very hard and produce (by far) the
most oysters in the world, I don't know how broad and strictly
enforced their marine food safety standards are or what kind
of water these oysters have been filtering.
The following little reports deal mainly with buying fresh oysters - particularly the ones in the shell:
Health advisory: There is a risk associated with consuming raw oysters or any raw animal protein. If you have chronic illness of the liver, stomach, or blood or have immune disorders, you are at greatest risk of illness from raw oysters and should eat oysters fully cooked. If you are unsure of your risk, you should consult your physician.
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