Eating Gulf Coast oysters is dangerous. So dangerous, in fact, that the FDA recently announced it was planning to ban the sale of raw oysters harvested from the Gulf of Mexico in order to prevent people from getting horribly ill and possibly dying from the deadly bacteria (Vibrio vulnificus) that thrives in these bivalve molluscs.
In response to this announcement, Senator David Vitter decided to put forth a bill (S. 2752) to “ensure the sale and consumption of raw oysters” and to require the FDA to “conduct an education campaign regarding the risks associated with consuming raw oysters”.
Let me say this again in case you didn’t get it the first time. The FDA says raw oysters could kill you and wants to ban them. In response, David Vitter introduces a bill to PROMOTE the sale and consumption of raw oysters and proposes that, instead of banning raw oysters because of their tendency to cause death or death-like symptoms, the FDA should teach a class on “how to eat raw oysters and not DIE.”
It seems pretty silly to ask this question again but…. What the fuck is wrong with David Vitter?