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SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has lifted the health advisory for Dungeness crab caught in coastal waters north of Fort Bragg and Eureka.
CDPH lifted this advisory today due to recent tests showing the amount of domoic acid has declined to low or undetectable levels in Dungeness crabs caught in the area, indicating that they are safe to consume.
There have been no reported illnesses associated with this event.
To receive updated information about shellfish poisoning and quarantines, call CDPH’s toll-free Shellfish Information Line at (800) 553-4133.
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. In severe cases, the victim may experience trouble breathing, confusion, cardiovascular instability, seizures, excessive bronchial secretions, permanent loss of short-term memory, coma or death.
Water or broth used to cook whole crabs should be discarded and not used to prepare dishes such as sauces, broths, soups or stews (for example, cioppino or gumbo), stocks, roux, dressings or dips.Cooking crabs neither decreases nor destroys the toxin in the viscera or body meat.The viscera usually contain much higher levels of domoic acid than the meat, and people are advised to discard the viscera.All bivalve shellfish except razor clams have been removed from the current health advisories.Recent samples have shown that the levels of domoic acid have declined and are non-detectable in mussels from this region.