[UPDATE] A Tallahassee Woman Says She Found Oil in a Batch of Oysters

By: La'Tasha Givens Email
By: La'Tasha Givens Email

UPDATED BY: La'Tasha Givens 10/22 at:12:45

The fear of oil remnants from the BP spill getting into local seafood is one a local woman says is valid.

WCTV first reported on Tuesday, Pamela Andrews said she found what she believes to be crude oil in a half bushel of oysters she purchased from Spears Seafood on Lake Bradford.

The Department of Agriculture told Eyewitness News it collected 15 oysters from the seafood store for testing. Ag officials say they are testing the meat of the oysters and Florida Fish and Wildlife are testing the outer exteriors.

Officials tell us, testing to determine if oil was on the oysters will be made public next week.


Pamela Andrews says she bought a half bushel of oysters from Spears Seafood on Monday. She says as she ate them she noticed what she believes to be crude oil all over them. She showed WCTV the oysters. Andrews believes they are a result of the BP gulf oil spill. WCTV contacted Spears Seafood, they released this statement.

"Our number one concern is selling quality seafood and treating our customers well. We are aware of the particular concern. The Department of Agriculture and Florida Fish and Wildlife is in the process of testing the oysters in question. With their findings, we will respond with integrity and do the right thing like we have for 38 years."

"We were told the last two or so months that it's okay to eat seafood from the gulf. Officials said everything is going well and the cap has been put on. As a consumer, I trust the people that are in office to take care of me and my health and my safety and my well being. I feel like the ball was dropped," says Andrews.

The company also told us the Department of Agriculture and Florida Fish and Wildlife are testing samples of their oysters and will have the results in a few days.

WCTV contacted the Department of Agriculture but was not able to speak to anyone about this matter. We will keep you updated when those results are made public.

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  • by HAHA Location: C'Ville on Nov 2, 2010 at 05:20 AM
    Guess she isn't getting any money from this case so she will be looking for something else to make money off of. What a dumb person to believe there is crude oil on the oysters she is eating. You would know if there was and in this case there was not!!!!
  • by Jack Location: Tallahassee on Oct 27, 2010 at 03:56 AM
    La'Tasha - any word yet from the various State Departments about these oysters? I'm sure there are scores of people that have held off eating oysters until we find out if this reported incident was valid. If valid, we need to be aware of it. If not, we're simply continuing to cripple the seafood industry (and people's lives) by sensationalizing these stories.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 26, 2010 at 09:21 AM
    My guess would be vegetable oil, probably couldn't afford olive oil.
  • by Which on Oct 26, 2010 at 07:29 AM
    Will it be Quaker State or Valvoline, that is the question.
  • by RED Location: Tally on Oct 26, 2010 at 07:21 AM
    I'm still waiting to hear was it oil or not.
  • by loyce on Oct 25, 2010 at 08:33 AM
    daniel iagree some people don't know raw oil from oil you buy in the store.all she wanted was$$$$$$$
  • by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2010 at 08:38 PM
    I'd reserve judgment until the testing of the oysters is completed. A study USF and the AMA recommendations seem to have concerns over seafood in the region. That amount of oil is no going to disappear overnight or because certain interest groups want it to.
  • by Daniel on Oct 22, 2010 at 12:03 PM
    She probably honestly thought oil is oil, and they would never know the difference. Some people amaze me...
  • by Marilyn Location: Panama City on Oct 21, 2010 at 07:16 AM
    what is a blind man taught...touch smell taste, she would have been able to feel the crude, smell the crude, and definitely taste it, it stinks and had it been crude oil she would have known it.
  • by oysterman Location: from eastpoint on Oct 21, 2010 at 07:06 AM
    I bet you anything that those oysters she is talking about came from the Apalachicola Bay.Where I work everyday and the whole time that the oil was spewing from the well never did we see any oil in our bay,not even a tar ball.This is so Ludicris....I bet she is looking for a lawsuit!I would be embarassed to even say what you just said, after you probably had your belly full.I think i'll go catch me a bag right now and me and my 2 girls will sit on the porch tonite and eat em till we can't eat anymore.
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