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
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)
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(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.