October 2008 Issue

Ta-Ta to Tomalley

If lobster is still on your menu in these days of rising food costs, be sure to leave one part behind on your plateóthe tomalley or the soft "green stuff" you find inside a lobsterís cavity. The Food and Drug Administration recently cautioned consumers not to eat tomalley in American ("Maine") lobster, as it has been found to contain dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP). The symptoms of PSP usually appear within two hours of eating affected shellfish and include numbness of the mouth and face, muscle weakness, headache and nausea. PSP can be serious, even leading to respiratory failure and death. Unfortunately, cooking does not kill PSP toxins.

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