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Ewell Smith Interview (2009)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2009-10-30

Duration: 00:04:28

Subjects: United States. Food and Drug Administration | Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board | OYSTERS | OYSTER INDUSTRY | SEAFOOD INDUSTRY | Food safety


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Smith, Ewell Interviewee


This segment from the October 30, 2009, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford’s in-studio interview with Ewell Smith of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board. He discusses: the FDA’s proposal to ban the sale of raw oysters harvested in the warm summer months; the impact of this proposal on the state’s oyster industry and consumers; the importance of educating the consumer on the health risks associated with eating raw oysters; and the timeline for the FDA proposal to become a mandate.