Lobsters still safe, but best to not eat the tomalley as it can contain the most contaminants

Jul 18th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Story

Notice to Seafood Dealers

Additional Information on Lobster Consumption

Last week the department issued a press release announcing a new round of studies into lobster population health in Long Island Sound. That press release included results of tests for pesticides in the hepatopancreas or tomalley of the lobster that showed trace amounts of methoprene in one of four groups of lobsters and resmethrin in three of four groups.

The press release also contained the following statement regarding human consumption of lobsters.

“When it comes to human health and safety, the detection of pesticides in the organs from a small number of lobster samples does not warrant a change in consumption advisories now in place – which remind consumers that tomalley can be high in contaminants and should not be eaten. (According to Wikipedia tomalley, or lobster paste, is the soft, green substance found in the body cavity of lobsters, that fulfills the functions of both the liver and the pancreas.) DEEP staff also notes that the pesticide compounds would tend to accumulate most in fatty tissues and not at the same levels in the lean meat of lobsters typically consumed by people.”

What this means for consumers and seafood dealers is that there is no reason to make any changes in the consumption or sale of Connecticut lobsters based on information released by DEEP last week.  The pre-existing health advisory on consumption of the tomalley remains in effect and should continue to be followed.

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