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Sep 16, 2010 04:38 PM


I was just at my local market and found out that when lobsters in their tank die they take them out, cook them and then sell them whole cooked chilled for a decent price---but they never mention their early demise. Is this legal? Is this safe? I'm from New England and I can't imagine that it's ok. What do you all think?

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  1. I don't know about the legality of it, but it's the definitive reason why I NEVER buy pre-cooked lobsters (or crabs for that matter), unless I've chosen them live myself & watched while they're steamed for me.

    1. Yowsa. Yet another reason not to eat another protein. I may become a vegetarian yet.

      1. Why shouldn't they be safe or illegal?
        At Chinese markets I see dead lobsters and crabs (they aren't cooked)sold all the time at half price.

        1. Did the guy at the market also tell you that before the rotoisserie chicken craze, the roto chickens were old chicken they couldn't sell uncooked?

          1. I won't buy 'em dead. I prefer a Mike Tyson to a Twiggy habitating in that shell.