Fish and shellfish 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 children's growth and development. But, as with any type of food, it's important to handle seafood safely in order to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.
Fresh and Frozen Seafood: Selecting and Serving it Safely
Mercury in Seafood
What You Need to Know About Mercury in Fish and Shellfish (FDA)
Advice for pregnant women (and those thinking about pregnancy), nursing mothers, and young children.
Risks of Eating Raw Oysters
Raw Oyster Myths (FDA)
Hot sauce does not kill harmful bacteria in raw oysters; neither does alcohol. Get the facts behind the myths.
Raw Oysters Contaminated With Vibrio vulnificus Can Cause Illness and Death (FDA)
Explains the risks associated with eating raw oysters and how to prevent serious illness.
General Information on Seafood
Fresh and Frozen Seafood: Selecting and Serving it Safely (FDA)
How to handle seafood safely in order to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.
Seafood Questions and Answers (FDA)
Selecting safe seafood, figuring out if a fish is fresh, spotting a safe seafood seller, and more.