Oyster ban looming over Gulf oystermen
UNDATED — Federal Drug Administration officials are planning to ban the sale of raw oysters harvested in the gulf of mexico unless properly treated.
Officials say the oysters could contain a potentially deadly bacteria.
The sales ban would take effect in 2011 for oysters harvested in the Gulf during warm months.
The Gulf region supplies about two-thirds of U.S. oysters, and some people in the $500 million industry argue that the anti-bacterial procedures are too costly.
The Shreveport Advertiser contributed to this article.