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Information on foodborne illness and contaminants related to seafood.  

Fish and shellfish contain high quality protein and other essential nutrients and are an important part of a healthful diet. In fact, a well-balanced diet that includes a variety of fish and shellfish can contribute to heart health and aid in children’s proper growth and development. As with any type of food, however, it is important to handle seafood safely in order to reduce the risk of foodborne illness, often called “food poisoning.”

Handling, Cooking & Serving Seafood Safely

Pathogens and Contaminants: Potential Causes of Foodborne Illness in Seafood

Federal/State Food Programs  

Drug and Chemical Residues Methodology