DEEP: Notice to Seafood Dealers

Notice to Seafood Dealers

July 18, 2012

Additional Information on Lobster Consumption

Last week the department issued a press release announcing a new round of studies into lobster population health in Long Island Sound. That press release included results of tests for pesticides in the hepatopancreas or tomalley of the lobster that showed trace amounts of methoprene in one of four groups of lobsters and resmethrin in three of four groups.

The press release also contained the following statement regarding human consumption of lobsters.

"When it comes to human health and safety, the detection of pesticides in the organs from a small number of lobster samples does not warrant a change in consumption advisories now in place which remind consumers that tomalley can be high in contaminants and should not be eaten. DEEP staff also notes that the pesticide compounds would tend to accumulate most in fatty tissues and not at the same levels in the lean meat of lobsters typically consumed by people."

What this means for consumers and seafood dealers is that there is no reason to make any changes in the consumption or sale of Connecticut lobsters based on information released by DEEP last week. The pre-existing health advisory on consumption of the tomalley remains in effect and should continue to be followed.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any person with a disability who may need information in an alternative format may contact the agency's ADA Coordinator at 860-424-3194, or at Any person with limited proficiency in English, who may need information in another language, may contact the agency's Title VI Coordinator at (860) 4234-3035, or at Any person with a hearing impairment may call the State of Connecticut relay number - 711. Discrimination complaints may be filed with DEEP's Title VI Coordinator. Requests for accommodations must be made at least two weeks prior to any agency hearing, program or event.