Toxin closes King County beaches to shellfish harveston July 20, 2012 @ 2:06 pm (Updated: 11:20 am - 7/21/12 )
Sampling shows high levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poison, a potent neurotoxin that is naturally occuring, according to the state Health Department.
People who harvest shellfish are urged to check with the state's Biotoxin Hotline at 1-800-562-5632 or check the website.
The King County closure affects the harvest of clams, oysters, mussels, scallops, other species of mollusks and invertebrates.
Crab meat is typically not affected by P.S.P.
Cooking or freezing does not destroy the toxin. The toxin cannot be detected by sight, only by a laboratory test.
The closure does not affect the commercial harvest of shellfish.
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