CDPH updates health advisory to warn consumers not to eat the following from Monterey, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara counties:
- recreationally harvested mussels and clams
- commercially or recreationally caught anchovy and sardines
- commercially or recreationally caught crabs
Previously, the CDPH health advisory dated June 8, 2015, warned consumers not to eat recreationally caught mussels and clams and included the internal organs (viscera) of scallops and the internal organs of commercially or recreationally harvested anchovy, crabs and sardines. CDPH’s current test results of a variety of seafood samples have detected elevated domoic acid levels in the meat as well as the internal organs and viscera in several species.
Domoic acid accumulation in seafood is a natural occurrence that is related to a ‘bloom’ of a particular single-celled plant. For more information on blooms check out our Bloom Forecast page.
The warning does not apply to commercially sold clams, mussels, scallops or oysters from approved sources.