Step Away From the Green Lobster Goop

Crustaceans' guts may contain toxins: FDA

By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 29, 2008 4:01 PM CDT

(Newser) – Many people consider tomalley, the green substance inside lobsters, a delicacy—but the FDA doesn't. The agency is warning tomalley fans that the crustaceans' internal organs can contain dangerous levels of a specific toxin, the Boston Globe reports. Eating tomalley from Atlantic lobsters can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning, which can lead to respiratory failure and even death.  



Lobster fisherman Bernie Feeney, of Whitman, Mass., displays a lobster with green rubber bands on its claws at the Cardinal Medeiros dock, in Boston, Wednesday, July 2, 2008.
Lobster fisherman Bernie Feeney, of Whitman, Mass., displays a lobster with green rubber bands on its claws at the Cardinal Medeiros dock, in Boston, Wednesday, July 2, 2008.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
A large Maine lobster is seen on the dock as a lobster boat approaches  to unload the daily catch of lobsters at Cundy's Harbor, in Phippsburg, Maine, Friday, Sept. 7, 2007.
A large Maine lobster is seen on the dock as a lobster boat approaches to unload the daily catch of lobsters at Cundy's Harbor, in Phippsburg, Maine, Friday, Sept. 7, 2007.   (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)
Freshly caught lobsters are seen at New Meadows Lobster pound in Portland, Maine, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007.
Freshly caught lobsters are seen at New Meadows Lobster pound in Portland, Maine, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007.   (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)
This 50-year-old, 17.6-pound male lobster named Goliath has found a new home at the Montreal Biodome after a woman from New England won him in a Super Bowl contest.
This 50-year-old, 17.6-pound male lobster named Goliath has found a new home at the Montreal Biodome after a woman from New England won him in a Super Bowl contest.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Peter McCabe)
A freshly-caught Maine lobster is seen on the wharf at Cundy's Harbor, Maine, in a file photo from July 7, 2006.
A freshly-caught Maine lobster is seen on the wharf at Cundy's Harbor, Maine, in a file photo from July 7, 2006.   (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)
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