Officials Issue Annual Quarantine on Mussels

From Times Staff Reports

State and Ventura County health officials have issued a quarantine on mussels taken off the California coast through October because of hazardous levels of toxins found in the shellfish.

The annual quarantine is intended to protect the public from paralytic shellfish poisoning, which can result from the higher levels of domoic acid found in mussels this time of year, said the Ventura County Environmental Health Division.

Commercially harvested shellfish are not part of the annual quarantine, officials said.