AmeriPure was established in 1995 in response to the eroding consumer confidence in raw shellfish. In recent years, government and consumer advocacy groups have issued increasingly severe public warnings about consumption of Gulf Coast oysters.
This concern focused on two naturally occurring bacterium, Vibrio vulnificus and Vibrio parahaemolyticus, that can be found in clean estuarine waters throughout the world.
Vibrio bacteria flourish at extremely high levels in warmer waters, such as the Gulf of Mexico. Vibrio vulnificus is potentially fatal to persons with weakened immune systems and Vibrio parahaemolyticus can cause gastrointestinal illness in perfectly healthy consumers who eat shellfish with sufficient levels of the bacterium.
The AmeriPure Process® was invented as a practical, product-specific solution to the problems of increased regulation and eroding public confidence in Gulf Coast oysters. Louisiana State University's renowned Food Science department furthered the research as their food scientists fine-tuned the process and documented the results in a comprehensive research study that was published and peer reviewed in 1996.
In 1997, The AmeriPure Process® was deemed so effective that the State of Louisiana dropped its mandatory retail warning sign requirement for establishments which exclusively serve raw oysters that have undergone our treatment. Additionally, in 2003 the State of California decided AmeriPure's products are exempted from its seasonal prohibition (April 1 through October 31) on the sale and distribution of raw oysters harvested from the Gulf of Mexico.
AmeriPure provides seafood wholesalers/distributors/retailers/consumers with a premium quality half-shell oyster that has a superior shelf-life and yield factor. They are just two parts of our Ten Commitments .