‘Pulling Mussels from a Shell’ Leads to Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning

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“Of all the creatures living in the water, you may eat any that has fins and scales. But anything that does not have fins and scales you may not eat; for you it is unclean.”

Deuteronomy 14:9. New International Version

SYNOPSIS: Home-caught and cooked mussles in Canada and those served at restaurants in Washington state had elevated toxin levels that resulted in diarrhetic shellfish poisoning.

SOURCES: Lloyd JK, et al. Diarrhetic shellfish poisoning, Washington, USA, 2011. Emerg Infect Dis 2013;19:1314-6.

Taylor M, et al. Outbreak of diarrhetic shellfish poisoning associated with mussels, British Columbia, Canada. Mar Drugs 2013; 11;1669-76. (Abstract): http://ow.ly/nV7od

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