Good To Know - Reusing Shells for Food

These shells had been washed, rinsed and sanitized and ready for use. The chef was planning on using them as the serving vessel. Unfortunately, that is not allowed by code.

The re-use of mollusk and crustacean shells beyond its original use with the original animal is not allowed in food establishments even if the shells are washed, rinsed and sanitized. This prohibition does not apply to the removal of the oyster or other species from the shell for preparation, then returning the same animal to the same shell for service. Although darn pretty, they can only be sued for decoration, not in direct contact with food.