Talk:Seafood allergy

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Crustaceans vs. shellfish[edit]

Aren't crustaceans included in shellfish? The page on shellfish says they are.... Asbruckman 19:59, 21 June 2007 (UTC)

That page (shellfish) says, right at the beginning, "See The Maryland Department of the Environment's page[1] for a discussion on why shrimp, crab, and lobster are not categorized as "shellfish."" Then immediately mentions that lobster et al. are eaten as shellfish. It's probably a question of definition, like the botanical vs. culinary definitions of fruit and vegetables. digfarenough (talk) 00:50, 23 June 2007 (UTC)

Shellfish allergy page needs serious editing and expansion by an authority who can verify and cite resources to prevent the misinformation presented here. My recent research has revealed that people who have reacted with allergy symptoms to shrimp in the past are in fact NOT allergic to the shrimp per se, but to the sulfite solutions (particularly sodium metabisulfite), the preservative used on nearly all shrimp is marketed today. Shrimpers mix up a powdered sulfite solution--sulfite being a known allergen banned by the U.S. for use in salad bars because of so many serious reactions--and apply it to the shrimp right on the boat. Sometimes they are sloppy with measurement and mix high concentrations because there are apparently no real "rules" regulating its use, causing even more serious reactions in those allergic. Worse, there is NO requirement at the retail level (i.e., grocery stores, fish markets, restaurants) that this preservative has been used, so people allergic to it are clueless. The only shrimp that is exempt from this allergen would be that preserved instead with the more expensive citrate solution which few shrimpers say they can afford to buy due to cheaper imports, or shrimp fresh caught by the consumer himself.) This information came to me from a NC Shellfish expert and my allergy doctor plus independent research. An immunologist with detailed knowledge must update this stub before more misinformation is relayed. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:01, 19 October 2009 (UTC)