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Warning Issued About Harvesting, Eating Shellfish On Central, South Coasts

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State health officials have issued a warning against eating sport harvested mussels, clams, or whole scallops found on the Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County coastlines. Dangerous levels of naturally occurring toxins have been found in mussels, prompting the warning. If eaten, the toxins could potentially cause serious illness, or death.

The new warning comes on top of the annual mussel quarantine which went into effect May 1st.

The warning about PSP toxins doesn’t apply to commercially sold clams, mussels, scallops, or oysters. Commercially sold shellfish undergoes regular safety testing.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.