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Warm weather warnings for shellfish lovers nationwide

From the Pacific Northwest to the Florida Keys, public health officials warn of increasing dangers from foodborne bacteria in raw and undercooked oysters and other shellfish as summer approaches. “Naturally occurring bacteria in warm coastal seawater becomes more abundant in the summer months and can concentrate in the tissues of oysters and other shellfish,” according… Continue Reading

Some of Maine’s shellfish off limits because of temporary toxin

Until further notice, certain portions of Maine’s coastline are closed to shellfish harvesting — and recently harvested clams and mussels are not to be consumed — because a naturally occurring algae is present in dangerously high levels. Maine’s Department of Marine Resources posted the so-called harvest recalls Friday after tests showed domoic acid at levels… Continue Reading

California warns against eating some shellfish on Central Coast

Levels of domoic acid 10 times the “action level” in certain shellfish along the Central Coast spurred California officials to issue a public warning against eating rock crabs and bivalve shellfish caught in the area. Specifically, Half Moon Bay rock crabs and Monterey Bay rock crabs and bivalve shellfish are on the danger list for… Continue Reading

California lifts Dungeness crab health advisory in northern area

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has lifted the last remaining health advisory for Dungeness crab caught along a stretch of the state’s northern coast. The advisory was for Dungeness crabs caught in ocean waters north of 40°46.15′ N Latitude — a line extending due west from the west end of the north jetty at the entrance of Humboldt… Continue Reading

CA Health Advisory Lifted on Dungeness and Rock Crabs

The health advisory regarding Dungeness and rock crabs caught along the coast between the Santa Barbara/Ventura County Line and Latitude 35° 40′ N (near Piedras Blancas Light Station, in San Luis Obispo County) is being lifted along the coasts of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and… 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

CA Issues Consumer Warning About Toxin Detected in Certain Crabs

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, officials with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) advised consumers not to eat Dungeness and Rock crabs caught in waters between the Oregon border and the southern Santa Barbara County line because dangerous levels of domoic acid, a naturally occurring toxin, have been detected in these crabs. CDPH reported that… 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

Razor Clams Harvested May 7 Along Certain WA Beaches Should Be Destroyed

The Washington State Department of Health announced Friday that any razor clams harvested on Thursday, May 7, along an approximately 145-mile stretch of coastal beaches from Long Beach north to Kalaloch should be destroyed due to high levels of a marine toxin. Department officials recently discovered elevated levels of domoic acid in the area, which can cause illness… Continue Reading

Shellfish Taken for Recreational Purposes From Ventura County Coastline Could Be Toxic

Dangerous levels of domoic acid

Mussels, clams, scallops, lobster and rock crab taken off the Ventura County coastline by recreational enthusiasts are not safe for eating due to dangerous levels of a naturally occurring toxin that can cause illness or death. The warning from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is for recreationally harvested bivalve shellfish, including mussels, clams,… Continue Reading