FDA says to avoid eating cicadas 'if you're allergic to seafood'


By Arman Azad, CNN

June 2, 2021


(CNN)Cicadas might seem like a crispy, protein-packed snack, but people with seafood allergies should think twice about eating them, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.


"We have to say it," the FDA said in a tweet Wednesday. "Don't eat #cicadas if you're allergic to seafood as these insects share a family relation to shrimp and lobsters."


The loud, cacophonous bugs first emerged in May on the East Coast as part of "Brood X," which comes out every 17 years, according to the National Park Service. The agency says the brood is centered around Pennsylvania, northern Virginia, Indiana and eastern Tennessee.


To some, the brood's emergence is an awe-inspiring experience, worthy of glossy cicadas photoshoots and endless media profiles. To others, cicadas can be a creepy, inescapable nuisance...


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