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Louisiana hot sauce

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Louisiana hot sauce


Definition A condiment made from various combinations of ingredients, including horseradish, lemon, tabasco, ketchup, etc, which mildly inhibits the in vivo growth of Vibrio vulnificus and other Vibrio species that may contaminate raw shellfish–e.g., oysters.

This growth inhibition has given rise to the urban legend/myth that it protects against pathogens found in raw oysters, it does not. Thorough cooking and avoiding all raw oysters, clams, and mussels are the only ways to protect against infection. 

Reference BT Hunter, Infectious Connections: How Short-term Foodborne Infections Can Lead to Long-term Health Problems, Basic Health Publications, Inc., 2009

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