My favorite food safety fairytale is along the lines of, we’ve always produced food this way and no one has ever gotten sick.
Raw oysters, the renowned aphrodhsiac, is especially prone to fairytale hyperbole.
Delayna Earley of the Island Packet in South Carolina, writes, who doesn’t love a good oyster roast?
“I’ve been doing this all my life and we’ve never had a case of anyone dying from eating an oyster,” Larry Toomer, owner of the Bluffton Oyster Co., said. “We know where our oysters came from because we harvest them, refrigerate them ourselves and then cook them shortly after.”
Toomer says that there is always a risk when consuming any raw food, but the oysters that are harvested off the coast of the Low country typically don’t have bacteria due cleansing nature of the tidal waters they grow in.
“Something will always be somebody’s last meal,” Toomer says. “If you’re immune system is not up to snuff you shouldn’t eat anything raw, whether that is an oyster, or burger or any other type of meat, but something is going to set you off if you’re already sick. But other than that, we shouldn’t worry too much.”