|CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Central Coast Rock Crabs, & Bivalve Shellfish|
Posted by CDFW Marine Region News on August 25, 2016 at 09:51:56:|
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today warned consumers not to eat rock crabs caught in Half Moon Bay and bivalve shellfish and rock crabs caught in Monterey Bay, due to the detection of dangerous levels of domoic acid, a naturally occurring toxin.
The warning is effective for crabs and bivalve shellfish caught in state waters south of Latitude 37° 11' N. (near Pigeon Point) and north of Latitude 36° 35' N (near Cypress Point in Monterey County).
Symptoms of domoic acid poisoning can occur within 30 minutes to 24 hours after eating toxic seafood. In mild cases, symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, headache and dizziness. These symptoms disappear within several days. In severe cases, the victim may experience trouble breathing, confusion, disorientation, cardiovascular instability, seizures, excessive bronchial secretions, permanent loss of short term memory (a condition known as Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning), coma or death. There have been no reported illnesses associated with this event.
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.
CDPH will continue to coordinate its efforts with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the fishing community to collect rock crab samples from the central and northern California coast until the domoic acid levels have dissipated.
For the most current information about shellfish poisoning and quarantines, call CDPH's toll-free "Shellfish Information Line" at (800) 553-4133. For additional information visit CDPH's Natural Marine Toxins: PSP and Domoic Acid web page, and CDPH's Domoic Acid Health Information web page.
CDPH Biotoxin Information Line: 1-800-553-4133
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