Health officials warn Long Islanders of eating eel from the south shore of Long Island due to raised levels of toxins. Specifically, these toxins are called PFAS and come from non-stick coatings and firefighting foam. The area between Quantuck Creek near Quogue and Carmans River near Yaphank is where raised levels of PFAS were found in eels.
Since PFAS is a harmful toxin and is considered a carcinogen, health officials are urging people to stop eating eel from the south shore all together. Ingesting eel with elevated levels of PFAS from this area could lead to cancer.