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I LOVE raw oysters, so hoped to write a column saying there is no need to worry about food poisoning. When I looked into it, though, I found cause for concern. But there are safe ways to enjoy delicious oysters.

Folklore has it that oysters can be eaten in any month with an “r” in it – in other words, avoiding the summer months, when they spawn. This discernment may date back to ancient times. By measuring parasitic snails in oyster shells, a study of a 4300-year-old human habitation in Georgia, US, found that ancient people mostly harvested oysters in …

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