California Seafood Warning Update [US]

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US/Sacramento: logo_CDPH_v.1_colorCalifornia Department of Public Health updates its warning concerning certain Seafood caught in Monterey, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara Counties due to dangerous levels of Domoic Acid, a serious health hazard. CDPH:

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The California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) recently warned residents not to eat recreationally caught Mussels and Clams and included the internal organs (i.e., viscera) of Scallops and the internal organs of commercially or recreationally harvested Anchovy, Crabs and Sardines.

The CDPH has updated its health advisory to warn consumers to avoid and not eat any recreationally caught Mussels and Clams, commercially or recreationally caught Anchovy and Sardines or commercially or recreationally caught Crabs taken from Monterey, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara counties.

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.

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.

If you believe you have purchased or have in your possession any of the Seafood species in question, please do not consume them. Instead, dispose of them safely, in accordance with local health and safety regulations. Wash your hands with lots of hot, soapy water and rinse afterwards. Use a bleach/water mixture to clean contaminated cutlery, crockery and all prep surfaces. Rinse well with clean water afterwards.


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