The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a caution to individuals who want to try Brood X cicadas-infused cuisine: if you’re allergic to shellfish, stay away.
The FDA tweeted Wednesday that people with allergies to seafood should steer clear of eating cicadas because of their relation to sea creatures.
“We have to say it,” the FDA tweeted. “Don’t eat #cicadas if you’re allergic to seafood as these insects share a family relation to shrimp and lobsters.”
The Brood X cicadas, which emerge every 17 years, surfaced this month in several states, including Pennsylvania, Virginia, Indiana and Tennessee. The plentiful insects have inspired a number of culinary creations that use the cicadas as a main ingredient.
Yep! We have to say it!
— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) June 2, 2021