The annual mussel quarantine-which usually extends from 5/1 to 10/31-began on 4/20 this year, immediately after health officials testing the shellfish found elevated levels of domoic acid. The California Department of Health Services imposes the yearly ban to prevent domoic acid poisoning, a neurological disorder, and the closely associated paralytic shellfish poisoning. Both conditions are caused by toxins that are seasonally produced by microscopic algae and accumulate in the bivalve’s tissues.
Annual Mussel Quarantine Begins Early
Sunday, April 22, 2007
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