AUGUSTA (AP) – Maine and New Hampshire officials are advising consumers to avoid eating lobster tomalley after tests revealed high levels of toxins in some lobsters.

The Maine Center for Disease Control said Friday that lobster meat is perfectly safe but that people should not eat the tomalley – a soft green substance found in the body of the lobster that filters contaminants in the water.

High levels of toxic algae known as red tide have been recorded along much of Maine’s coast this summer. New Hampshire officials issued a warning after testing lobsters collected from the Isles of Shoals.

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