Goa’s favorite seafood Oysters contains toxins in it claims research done by NIO

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According to one research study done by NIO, the salt-water oyster that is found in the coastal belts of Goa has been detected with the toxic materials such as Cadmium, a chemical found in car batteries chemicals and nuclear fusion process.

There is no doubt that many Goans, as well as the tourists coming to Goa, do love to relish the Oysters. But based on the reports published by the IANS news agency, these Oysters are highly poisonous in nature. The traces of Cadmium, chemicals found in car batteries and nuclear fusion process have been detected in the edible saltwater oysters in Goa. Goa is famous for its pristine beaches and seafood world over that may get adversely affected by this information but it is the fact claimed by the news agency.

[su_expand more_text=”READ MORE” less_text=” ” height=”0″ hide_less=”yes” link_style=”button” link_align=”center”] According to the reports, Cadmium is highly toxic in nature which has the ability to impede the development of an embryo or fetus. This chemical can also tend to accumulate in the lungs and kidneys of grown up people in the due course of time. The news of toxic contents in the popularly consumed oysters may lead to creating the consequences amongst the locals as well tourists who like to savour these fleshy shellfish.

The report of the toxin in the shellfish has been revealed by the NIO (National Institute of Oceanography) Goa. According to the research conducted by the NIO Goa, it has been established that the salt-water Oysters that is found in the coastal belts of Goa contains the alarmingly high level of Cadmium, that is up to five times of the permissible level in some instances. According to the reports, these chemical traces have been found in the Oyster which is harvested at the Zuari river mouth that considered being one of the most popular sources of the salt-water oysters in Goa and regarded as a local delicacy.

The report further says that the acceptable level of cadmium based on the US government regulations is 2 milligrams per kilogram in the oyster, but the samples collected by the NIO research team had claimed that the level of cadmium varies from 3.2mg per kg to 11.8mg per kg in the samples collected by them. The central government run an oceanic research centre in Goa claimed that “Our study shows that cadmium levels in oysters samples sourced from the Zuari bay are between 3.2 mg per kg to 11.8 mg per kg,” Parthasarthi Chakraborty, a lead researcher at NIO, told IANS.


There are ways to remove the toxins from these oysters but it is not cost effective at all but cooking them well at 98 degree Celsius for at least 10 minutes led to reducing the toxicity 60 to 80 percent. However, boiling by itself is not sufficient to detoxify extremely high toxic shellfish. Keeping the shellfish for the longer duration in the clean water may also lead to getting rid of some toxic chemical substances from it. Now that we cannot avoid eating our favorite Oysters it is the time to find out the ways to get rid of the toxicity. If you have any more suggestions, please do share with the others on this platform.

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