Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Use care preparing shellfish.(Food)

Byline: New Mexico's Own PATRICIA AARON For the Journal

Q: Do you have information on purchasing and preparing different kinds of shellfish? What is imitation crabmeat?

A: Most New Mexicans consume two basic categories of shellfish: mollusks clams, oysters, scallops, mussels, abalone and squid; and crustaceans lobsters, crabs, shrimp and crayfish. Mollusks are immobile shellfish, while crustaceans have legs and are mobile.

Mollusks have an extremely efficient method of filtering food and oxygen through their complex gill systems. They concentrate microorganisms at much higher levels in their guts than are in their environment.

Regulations prohibit the harvesting of shellfish from polluted waters.

However, contaminated shellfish might have been illegally harvested from water not approved by health officials, or stored in contaminated water after being harvested. …

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