If you’ve missed eating Dungeness crab for the past three months, your wait is over because the California Department of Public Health now allows those caught off the Bay Area coast to be eaten again, saying they are much safer than they were late last year when they were feared tainted with domoic acid - SFGate reports.
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Many consumers and fishermen have expressed joy about eating and catching the tasty crustaceans again after a 3-month ban, but only recreational crab fishing is allowed for now and commercial crab fishing will soon be allowed again before the end of the month.
The California Department of Public Health and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife however advise that the guts of the crabs be removed before cooking, and its cooking water thrown away after thoroughly boiling it before they are consumed. This they say, is better for now than frying or broiling it.
But the fishing ban is still in place for rock crabs, which remain unsafe to eat.
Domoic acid, the deadly neurotoxin found last November in Dungeness crabs is now nearly untraceable and undetectable, mostly in crabs caught around San Francisco, Half Moon Bay, and Monterey.
“Recent testing has indicated that the Dungeness crab caught in those areas no longer poses a significant risk of domoic acid,” said Patrick Kennelly, food safety section chief for the state Department of Public Health.
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“It’s encouraging, very encouraging,” said Dante Serafini, owner of the Old Clam House restaurant in San Francisco, who has served customers crab from Oregon and Washington all season. “The thing is, the crabs are very plump because they’ve remained in the water. So we’ll get the best crabs we’ve had in years.”