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(800) 495-3232

 

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FDBfood@cdph.ca.gov

 

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California Department of Public Health - Food and Drug Branch

1500 Capitol Ave, MS 7602

Sacramento, CA 95814

 

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California Department of Public Health - Food and Drug Branch

P.O. Box 997435, MS 7602

Sacramento, CA 95899

Domoic Acid

Domoic acid is a naturally occurring toxin that is related to a “bloom” of a particular single-celled diatom called Pseudo-nitzschia. The conditions that support the growth of Pseudo-nitzschia are impossible to predict. Crustaceans, fish and shellfish are capable of accumulating elevated levels of domoic acid without apparent ill effects on the animals. Elevated levels of domoic acid in crustaceans, fish and shellfish pose a significant risk to the public if these adulterated products are consumed. Domoic acid can be fatal to people if consumed in high doses. Symptoms of domoic acid poisoning can occur within 30 minutes to 24 hours after eating toxic seafood. In mild cases, symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, headache and dizziness. These symptoms disappear within several days. In severe cases, the victim may experience trouble breathing, confusion, disorientation, cardiovascular instability, seizures, excessive bronchial secretions, permanent loss of short-term memory (a condition known as Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning), coma or death.

 News and Updates

November 5, 2021

Consumers Warned not to Eat the Viscera of Dungeness Crab Caught along Parts of the California Coast

C.D.P.H. Lifts Warning about Dungeness Crab in Parts of Humboldt County

December 10, 2019

Dungeness Crab Health Advisory Lifted in Parts of Marin County

November 22, 2019

Consumers Warned not to eat the Viscera of Dungeness Crab Caught along Parts of the California Coast

November 1, 2019

Rock Crab Health Advisory Lifted in Parts of Humboldt County

May 23, 2019

CDPH Lifts Dungeness Crab Health Advisory Near Bodega Bay and Russian River

December 3, 2018

CDPH Lifts Lobster Health Advisory in Ventura County

November 19, 2018

CDPH Warns Recreational Anglers Not to Eat Dungeness Crab Caught north of Patrick’s Point

October 24, 2018 

CDPH Lifts Rock Crab Health Advisory in Mendocino County

 April 23, 2018

CDPH Lifts Rock Crab Health Advisory in Sonoma County

March 30, 2018

CDPH Lifts Lobster Health Advisory in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties

January 26, 2018 

CDPH Lifts Rock Crab Health Advisory in Portions of Sonoma County

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