Health officials warn of toxic crab, delay California season

Nov 4, 2015 8:46 PM by News Staff

The California Department of Public Health has issued a warning about crab caught along the California coast, don’t eat it.

Health officials say there are dangerously high levels of algae-produced domoic acid in the Dungeness and rock crabs and are warning people to avoid eating California crab entirely.

Patrick Kennelly with the California Public Health Department says that you can't cook out or cook it extra well to dissipate the domoic acid.

If exposed symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and cramps, and in severe cases, high exposure can lead to coma and even death.

The warning could delay the start of the crab season, which is days away from starting. It also has crab fishermen who depend on the season for income worried.

A decision could come as early as Thursday.


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