You usually don’t think of food as potentially dangerous or deadly, but food poisoning can pose a huge threat to young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems. While rare, food poisoning does occur, and there are a few foods that are more prone to outbreaks than others, which is exactly why proper cleaning, handling, cooking, and storing is essential when dealing with these foods.
Especially in their raw forms, shrimp, scallops, mussels, and oysters are common sources of food poisoning. That’s because most shellfish eat off of the ocean floor – hence the name bottom feeders. If the water happens to be contaminated, the shellfish can quickly become contaminated with germs like norovirus and vibrio vulnificus bacterium even before they’re served for dinner. Therefore, you should only buy shellfish from trusted sources and make sure it’s cleaned, handled, stored, and cooked properly.