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This week the FDA warned the shellfish may be contaminated with cholera.  But Albany seafood restaurants say despite an FDA warning about oysters from Apalachicola Bay, they have oysters and they're safe to eat.

Local restaurant owners say they're aware of the danger, but the bad oysters came from just one of 500 oyster farms in the area, and it was shut down three weeks ago.

A. J.'s is still getting Apalachicola oysters and selling about 160 dozen a night. They say they take steps to make sure the oysters they serve are safe.

"Each bushel comes with a tag and every one we receive comes in a burlap bag which is 60 pounds of oysters and each on of these tags gives us a bed, a date, and a time on where they come from," Jeremy Hancock said.

They say oysters are good up to 14 days after they're harvested but they don't usually last more than 7 days at A. J.'s. So far the FDA has confirmed eight people got sick from eating raw or lightly steamed oysters, but none of them was hospitalized.

 

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