Lobsters live and are harvested along coastal waters and continental shelf. These areas are particularly vulnerable to pollution from humans and their waste.
So the question arises, are they safe to eat or do they contain contaminants like other seafood?
The short answer is probably no, they don’t. Seafood such as mussels, oysters or oysters are filter feeders. These species absorb their food, plankton, and seawater to enter their bodies, regardless of the contamination in the plankton. Any toxins in the water are then concentrated in their meat.
But meat eaters such as lobster, crab and some fish species do not eat plankton from seawater, so they are safer.
Another question is about eating tomalley from the body. Many people consider tomalley a special delicacy. Tomalley is a soft green substance found in the body of a lobster. It functions as both its liver and pancreas.
According to a warning issued by the FDA in 2008, tomalley should be avoided as it has the potential to be contaminated with toxins that can cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP).
Even after cooking, the danger remains.
But the warning wasn’t about the rest of the meat. Even though Tomalley was found to contain high levels of toxins, the meat remained safe to eat.
Therefore, lobster appears to be a safe and healthy food for you and your family, until further studies find further evidence to the contrary.