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What are the "rules" on shellfish? I'm going to an all-you-can-eat king crab legs thing this evening.... Is that safe? I'm very cautious about seafood in general, but this sounds too good to pass up. Thanks for your thoughts!

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What are the "rules" on shellfish? I'm going to an all-you-can-eat king crab legs thing this evening.... Is that safe? I'm very cautious about seafood in general, but this sounds too good to pass up. Thanks for your thoughts!
Shellfish is OK so long as it isn't raw or undercooked, and only 12 oz a week of seafood to limit potential mercury exposure. Though shellfish doesn't have as high a mercury content as other seafood. The bigger threat with shellfish is potential bacteria, so it needs to be cooked through.

Here's a pretty complete discussion of bacteria and mercury in seafood:

http://www.obfocus.com/nutrition/Seafood.htm
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This site: http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~frf/sea-mehg.html shows info about crab. It's lower in mercury content than most fish.
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no raw shellfish, and some sources don't consider steamed clams to be cooked long enough to ensure safety. Crab should be fine.
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We were on vaca in Fl when I was about 5 months and went to eat all you can eat crab legs. I enjoyed a fair share but not as much as I would have if I hadn't been pregnant.
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Shellfish is a regular part of our diet (~3-4 times a week) and I didn't cut back at all. I do make sure that when eating shrimp out that they look generally fresh and have been devained, but a lot places around here get their fish that day. Generally they are low in mercury and I as well as my mw wasn't concerned. I cut back on tuna and have not eaten shark or other large steak fish; living on the coast does affect my diet though.
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