Crab health advisory lifted along parts of Central Coast


SACRAMENTO (KRON) — The health advisory regarding Dungeness and rock crabs is being lifted along the coasts of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, officials said Thursday.

Recent tests show levels of dangerous toxins have declined to low or undetectable levels in crabs from those areas.

Health officials said crabs are safe but advise consumers to avoid eating the internal organs or guts of the crabs.

Other northern areas, like Bay Area coastal waters, remain under the advisory.

According to the California Department of Public Health, the best ways to reduce the risk of contamination include:

  • Remove the crab viscera and rinse out the body cavity prior to cooking, or
  • Boil or steam whole crabs, instead of frying or broiling, and discard cooking liquids.
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