• Don’t Eat Sport-Caught Shellfish from Monterey Bay

    Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water: Well, you can go in, and you can even do some clamming, but don’t eat the clams. Or mussels. Or scallops.

    CDPH Warns Not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Monterey Bay or Inner Tomales Bay

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from Monterey Bay or inner Tomales Bay between Millerton Point and Cypress Point. Dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins have been detected in mussels from these regions. The naturally occurring PSP toxins can cause illness or death. Cooking does not destroy the toxin.

    This warning does not apply to commercially sold clams, mussels, scallops or oysters from approved sources. State law permits only state-certified commercial shellfish harvesters or dealers to sell these products. Shellfish sold by certified harvesters and dealers are subject to frequent mandatory testing to monitor for toxins.

    PSP toxins affect the central nervous system, producing a tingling around the mouth and fingertips within a few minutes to a few hours after eating toxic shellfish. These symptoms are typically followed by loss of balance, lack of muscular coordination, slurred speech and difficulty swallowing. In severe poisonings, complete muscular paralysis and death from asphyxiation can occur.

    To receive updated information about shellfish poisoning and quarantines, call CDPH’s toll-free “Shellfish Information Line” at (800) 553-4133. For additional information, please visit the CDPH Marine Biotoxins-Mussels Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Web page.

     

    posted to Cedar Street Times on December 20, 2013

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