People are pulling out their fire grates and steamer pans – Be safe when eating oysters

Oyster season begins Oct. 15, bringing back for the ‘R’ months a taste treat reputed also to be an aphrodisiac. “People are pulling out their fire grates and steamer pans, getting ready to slurp down the salty treats,” said Patricia Smith, public information officer for N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, “but before they indulge, consumers should take some basic precautions to prevent illness.” [email protected] 23:27