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Alaska tribe establishes Sitka lab to test shellfish for biotoxins

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska has set up an environmental research and testing lab in Sitka and plans to begin testing local shellfish for biotoxins this spring. There has reportedly been some concern about the distance and turnaround time to have locally harvested shellfish tested in Anchorage by the state, which currently operates the only FDA-certified lab in… Continue Reading

California Updates Warning About Domoic Acid in Some Shellfish Species

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is updating its warning to consumers regarding certain seafood species caught along the California coastline which may contain high levels of domoic acid. There have been no reported illnesses associated with this event. Advisories continue to be in place for: Consumers to avoid eating recreationally and commercially caught Dungeness… Continue Reading

‘Dangerous’ Domoic Acid Levels Prompt Seafood Warning in California

Due to “dangerous levels” of domoic acid found in some species, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels and clams, commercially or recreationally caught anchovy and sardines, or the internal organs of commercially or recreationally caught crab taken from Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. Department officials… Continue Reading

Seafood Safety 101: Vibrio in Shellfish

(This article by Liz Bradshaw, a postdoctoral research scholar in NoroCORE, the Norovirus Collaborative for Outreach, Research, and Education based at NC State, is the fifth in a series leading up to April 7, when the World Health Organization celebrated World Health Day, focusing this year on food safety. The first article in the series can be found here, the second… Continue Reading

Protect Yourself From Shellfish-Related Illnesses This Summer

Food-safety tips for West Coast shellfish gatherers

Warm weather and low tides are good for harvesting shellfish, but nice weather is also ideal for naturally occurring bacteria to multiply, raising the risk of illness, warns the Washington State Department of Health. For that reason, food-safety officials in Washington state, California and Oregon advise shellfish gatherers and consumers to follow summertime health advice… Continue Reading

Update: Consumers Warned About Toxins in Fish, Crab From Two CA Counties

(April 29 update: This warning has been expanded to include crab.) The California Department of Public Health is advising consumers not to eat the internal organs of commercially or recreationally caught anchovy, sardines, or crab taken from Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. According to CDPH, dangerous levels of domoic acid have been detected in some of these… Continue Reading

California Warns of Health Risk in Marin County Shellfish

California health officials are warning consumers not to eat mussels, clams or scallops from Marin County because they may contain dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins. The California Department of Health issued a health advisory Wednesday after mussels harvested from Marin County were found to contain high levels of PSP toxins, but the… Continue Reading

Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning Strikes Three in Alaska

Three suspected cases of paralytic shellfish poisoning were reported in Alaska this week, according to the state’s Department of Health and Social Services. All three individuals ate shellfish harvested in the Juneau area over Easter weekend. The first case, reported on April 10, was a man who went to the hospital in Juneau complaining of… Continue Reading