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Would you eat mussels growing on concrete?

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I went crabbing yesterday with a friend, and when we were done we came across a bunch of mussels on the timber and concrete pylons.

My mate reckons you shouldn’t eat mussels off concrete pylons. I looked it up online but couldn’t find anything to back this up. Is this true? Would you eat mussels off concrete?

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  1. Danny on Feb 13, 2013 Reply

    I believe it’s metal pylons you shouldn’t eat mussels off.

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  2. Angling Al on Feb 15, 2013 Reply

    Concrete pylons should be okay as a mussel habitat. I’d avoid metal ones, as noted, and creosote coated pylons are probably pretty dubious, too.

    You might want to pay a bit of attention to where the pylons are located, though. If they’re growing there because it’s a good habitat, fine. If they’re growing there because raw sewage is flowing into the sea somewhere nearby, though, then that’s something to consider pretty seriously. There are feciform bacteria in nearly all sewage — go for something that’s from a relatively clean habitat, since you’re going to be putting these mussels in your mouth, after all.

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  3. Erwin on Feb 26, 2013 Reply

    I’ve eaten mussels fresh from the beach since I was a young boy. I have heard that you shouldn’t eat mussels off metal pylons, but I have done it many times in my childhood.

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