By Associated Press • 

High levels of arsenic found in gaper clams


SALEM — Oregon health officials have extended a consumption advisory for clams dug along the coast after testing found high levels of arsenic in gaper clams.

The Statesman Journal reports the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division said Tuesday the advisory issued in July for softshell clams now also includes gaper clams.

The arsenic levels in two other clam species, cockles and butter clams, were also tested, but found to be below harmful levels.

The advisory, which is targeted at recreational clam diggers, recommends limiting the amount of clams consumed monthly and removing the skin from the siphon, or neck, of the clams before eating them.

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