Dungeness Crabs Safe to Eat in Parts of California

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People in Southern and Central California can feast on Dungeness and rock crabs on New Year’s Day.

The health advisory is being lifted along the coasts of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

California Department of Public Health Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith updated the advisory Thursday after recent tests showed that levels of domoic acid have declined to low or undetectable levels in crabs caught in those areas.

The advisory remains in effect for state waters around Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel Islands due to continued elevated levels of domoic acid. Consumers should not eat Dungeness or rock crabs from those areas.

In mild doses, domoic acid causes gastrointestinal illness and in rare cases may be fatal.

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