Federal grant offered to ensure farmed oyster safety
Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 03:00 (GMT + 9)
A marine scientist of Auburn University has received a USDA grant to study farmed oysters and make sure they are safe to eat.
Associate professor in Auburn’s School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences Bill Walton was granted USD 456,646 to develop a three-year study to determine whether an oyster farm’s geographic location, handling practices and choice of equipment affect bacteria levels in farm-raised oysters, the Opelika-Auburn News reported.
The grant is one of 13 competitive food safety awards that USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture has announced as part of its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.
“Our findings will help farmers understand and manage their preharvest production techniques to minimize the risk of foodborne illness in consumers,” said Walton,
The project could produce data for Gulf Coast oyster farmers, who foc... FULL STORY