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Aug 12, 2010 05:04 AM

Oysters in Kent

Was rather alarmed by an aside in Marina O'Loughlin's review in the Metro (Monday I think) about herpes infested Kent oysters. Is this true? Pretty disturbing reading on the Tube in the morning recalling the few dozen I consumed at the Whitstable Oyster Festival a few weeks ago...! Anyone know any more about this?

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    I had oysters in Herne Bay the other week. I feel fine (although herpes might be the least of my worries).

    1. I wouldn't worry about it. They knew about this before the Oyster festival.

      One of the guys who raised the alarm in the first place, John Bayes said:

      'Whitstable was once famous for its oysters when there were a lot here, but it’s been a long time since any were seriously produced here because they can’t be sustained in the long term.

      “Most of the oysters sold at the festival actually come from open-sea areas or are imported from places like Ireland and the Channel Islands.

      “It’s all a bit of a sham really.”'

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      1. re: r.vacapinta

        So perhaps slightly irresponsible of O'loughlin? Will she do to oysters what Edwina Currie did to eggs?!!

      2. Farming Today on R4 (I am often awake at an ungodly hour in the morning) did an item on oyster herpes the other week. Apparently it has no effect on humans, but they are trying to stamp it out.