“As consumers become increasingly aware of the controversy surrounding traditional practices, and the distress these traditional methods can cause the animal, pressure has increased for the
humane treatment of crustaceans to become more widespread across Britain
At Mitchell & Cooper, crustacean welfare has always been, and continues to be paramount, which is why we are proud to be the manufacturers and distributors of Crustastun, a revolutionary appliance designed specifically for the humane stunning of crustaceans. Developed as an alternative to traditional methods of despatching lobster, crayfish and crab, the Crustastun is recognised as the only humane method of stunning.
The traditional way of cooking lobsters and crabs is not only outdated, but also unethical, therefore embracing advances in the latest technology, such as Crustastun, helps to eliminate inhumane cooking methods. Crustaceans boiled alive can take 3 minutes to be heated to the 34°required to cause loss of consciousness. Stress hormones released during this process not only inflict suffering upon the animal, but it also negatively affects the flavour and texture of the meat. Electro-stunning with Crustastun is a completely painless process which produces total anaesthesia within half a second and despatch ensues within 5-10 seconds.
Crustastun is recognised by a number of leading welfare groups, including the RSPCA, as a humane and swift method of stunning crustaceans. As such, we believe that Crustastun is an essential appliance for anyone who buys in fresh crabs, lobsters and crayfish into their establishment.”