Category Archives: ASP

Research – The monitoring program for algal toxins in shellfish 2021

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In general, less poisonous shells were detected during the covid-19 years 2020 and 2021 than in the three previous years. We cannot determine whether this is due to fewer samples or less blooms of toxic algal plankton.

In 2021, a total of 723 shell samples were taken and analyzed for various toxins; 384 samples from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority’s annual monitoring program (including the Mussel Alert) and 339 samples from the producers’ own control samples. 

The number of samples from the industry was somewhat fewer in 2021 because demand for shells was lower due to covid-19 with closed restaurants and hotels.

On the monitoring of algal toxins in shellfish

The Norwegian coast is monitored throughout the year for marine algal toxins in shells in connection with commercial harvesting and trade in addition to the Mussel Alert.

The shell samples are analyzed for both the fat-soluble toxins DSP (OA group), AZA, YTX and PTX and the water-soluble toxins with the neurotoxin PSP (STX group), and for the amnesia toxin ASP (DA group).

What did we investigate? Mostly mussels, but also some scallops, flat oysters, Pacific oysters, cockles, knife clams, O-clams, carpet clams, sand clams, circle clams, king snails and sea urchins
Time range: 2021
What were we looking for? The algae toxins DSP, YTX, PTX and AZA, PSP and ASP.
What did we find? Around 98 per cent of all submitted mussels were below the limit value for DSP (OA group).

For PSP (STX group) around 95 per cent were below the limit value, while around 99 per cent were below the limit value for ASP.

For the toxin groups YTX, PTX and AZA, all samples were below given limit values.

Mussels: Had the most detections of DSP and PSP above the limit value, but ASP was also detected above the limit value

Scallops : PSP and ASP were detected above the limit value

Flat oysters : PSP was detected above the limit value in Western Norway for a period in April

PSP : As in previous years, was mainly detected in the spring and early summer.

DSP : The detections above the limit value were distributed throughout the year from April to October with a peak in September. This is consistent with previous years where DSP mainly performs in late summer and autumn.

France – Product recall: Medium shells sold at retail – ASP Toxins

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Product recall: Medium shells sold at retail

ENCOUNTERED PROBLEM

ASP marine biotoxins (amnesia toxins)

PROPOSED SOLUTION

Do not consume and bring back to the point of sale.

Food poisoning caused by these toxins results in digestive disorders (vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea) within 2 to 24 hours of ingestion of the contaminated shellfish. These disorders may be followed by feelings of dizziness, persistent headaches, disorientation, and possibly recent memory loss.

FURTHER INFORMATION


▸ Start date / End of marketing
Since 05/11/2021


▸ Health mark
FR.29.158.500.CE


▸ Distributors
CARREFOUR LECLERC POMONA POISSONNERIES – INDEPENDENT MARKETS


▸ Source
FURIC MAREE

Luxembourg – RECALL: MEDIUM SHELLS (CERASTODERMA EDULE) OF THE BRAND THAËRON – ASP Toxins

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Thaëron is recalling the following products:

Last name Medium Cockles (Cerastoderma edule)
Mark Thaeron
Unit 500 g
Bar code 3661737000281
Use by date (DLC) 05/19/21
Lot 13221
Last name Medium Cockles (Cerastoderma edule)
Mark Thaeron
Unit 1000 g
Bar code 3293580000974
Use by date (DLC) 05/19/21
Lot 13221

Danger  : Contains amnesic toxins (ASP)

Consumption of these products can be dangerous for health. The symptoms are: diarrhea, vomiting (within 2 to 24 hours) and neurological symptoms (headache, confusion, disorientation or even amnesia). 

Sale in Luxembourg by: Auchan

A sale by other operators cannot be excluded.

Source of information: Auchan recall notification

Communicated by: Government Commission for Quality, Fraud and Food Safety .

France – Product recall: Thaëron France Pavilion shellfish Thaëron 300g tray -ASP Toxins

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Product recall: Thaëron France Pavilion shellfish Thaëron 300g tray

ENCOUNTERED PROBLEM

Possible presence of ASP toxins

PROPOSED SOLUTION

Do not consume and return to the point of sale for reimbursement.

These shells come from a fishing area contaminated by a toxin-producing algae. In the event of the appearance of gastrointestinal and / or neurological symptoms, consult your doctor, telling him that you have consumed shellfish contaminated with ASP phycotoxins.

FURTHER INFORMATION

▸ Barcode
3661737004869


▸ Lot
13221


▸ DLC – DDM
05/19/2021


▸ Start date / End of marketing
since 05/13/2021


▸ Health mark
FR 29 236 500 CE


▸ Source
https://www.supercasino.fr/

France – Product recall: Keraliou brand Tellines – ASP Toxins

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Product recall: Keraliou brand Tellines

ENCOUNTERED PROBLEM

ASP toxin above the authorized threshold. ASP marine biotoxins (amnesia toxins)

PROPOSED SOLUTION

Do not consume and bring back to the point of sale.

Food poisoning caused by these toxins results in digestive disorders (vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea) within 2 to 24 hours of ingestion of the contaminated shellfish. These disorders may be followed by feelings of dizziness, persistent headaches, disorientation, and possibly recent memory loss.

FURTHER INFORMATION

▸ Barcode
• 3529960019992
• 3529960015307

▸ Lot
• MB377761
• MB37766
• MB37773TEL

▸ DDM

▸ Packaging
1 and 3 kg bag delivered to distributors. Bulk resold to consumers

▸ Marketing
From 03/29/2021 to 03/31/2021

▸ Health mark
FR 29.189.525 CE

▸ Consumer service contact
0622819352

▸ Source
https://rappel.conso.gouv.fr/

RASFF Alert – Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP) toxins – Tellins

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withdrawal of live tellins (Donax trunculus) harvested in France because of possible contamination with Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP) toxins in France

France -Raymond et Fils Arcachon Cap Ferret oysters – Lipophilic Toxin

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ENCOUNTERED PROBLEM

Lipophilic toxin in shellfish

PROPOSED SOLUTION

Foodborne illness caused by lipophilic toxins results in gastrointestinal disorders (diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain), headache and moderate fever appearing between 2h and 18h ​​after consumption.

People who hold these products are therefore asked not to consume them and to return them to the point of sale for destruction.

People who have consumed the products mentioned above and who present these symptoms, are invited to consult their doctor by reporting this consumption.

FURTHER INFORMATION

▸ Packaging
2 dozen N ° 3


Packed on 05/19/2020

▸ Veterinary identification number
FR. 33.236.061.CE

▸ Contact customer service
For any questions, you can contact the Raymond et Fils Company on 05 56 60 89 62 or on 06 88 60 01 02.

▸ Source
https://www.carrefour.fr/

 

RASFF Alerts – Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP) – Mussels

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RASFF – Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP) toxins – domoic acid (58.6 mg/kg – ppm) in live mussels from Ireland in Ireland

RASFF – Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP) toxins (40.9 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled mussels from Ireland in Ireland

RASFF Alert – ASP – Live Scallops

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RASFF-Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP) toxins (38.01 mg/kg – ppm) in live scallops (Pecten Jacobaeus) from Belgium in Italy

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UK – Scotland -High levels of shellfish toxin

HPS Scotland 

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has identified raised levels of shellfish toxins in Loch Leurbost in Lewis.

Eating shellfish such as mussels, cockles, or razor fish from these areas may pose a risk to human health and notices to warn the public and casual gatherers have been posted at various locations on the shore. Commercial shellfish harvesters in these areas have been contacted by the Comhairle (Western Isles Council) and steps taken to postpone harvesting until algae levels subside.

The Comhairle is monitoring the situation and will remove warning notices when it improves.

[Source: Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, 26 July 2018. https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/news/2018/july/high-levels-of-shellfish-toxin/]