Shellfish, such as oysters, are a well-known source of foodborne diseases. A bacterium called Vibrio vulnificus, commonly found in shellfish, can cause particularly severe illness. Unfortunately, regulations aimed at improving food safety also have the potential to damage the fragile economic status of small coastal communities that depend on oyster harvesting. Rosen College of Hospitality Management's Dr. Sergio Alvarez has led the development of a new bioeconomic model that has the potential to help improve food safety while minimizing economic harm.

Original Article

Alvarez, S., Solis, D. & Hwang, J. 2019. Modeling shellfish harvest policies for food safety: wild oyster harvest restrictions to prevent foodborne Vibrio vulnificus. Food Policy 83:219-210. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2019.01.006