Should I really only eat shellfish when there's an 'R' in the month?

This recommendation developed because a toxin responsible for paralytic shellfish poisoning is more prevalent during the summer. However, this doesn't necessarily hold true anymore because of the precautions taken by those who commercially raise and harvest shellfish such as clams, oysters, mussels and scallops. Instead of gauging the safety of your shellfish by the calendar, find out its source -- and pay attention to any advisories from state or local governments or the U.S. Department of Health. That said, as long as the shellfish you plan to enjoy has been harvested commercially, it should be safe to eat any time of the year.

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