Category Archives: shellfish toxin

RASFF Alert – Marine Biotoxin – Live Slipper Clams

RASFF

HIGH LEVELS OF LIPOPHILIC BIOTOXINS IN LIVE SLIPPER CLAM (VENERUPIS CORRUGATA) FROM PORTUGAL in Spain

Lipophilic marine biotoxins include okadaic acid, pectenotoxin, yessotoxin and azaspiracid groups.

New Zealand – Shellfish biotoxin alert for Hawke Bay has been removed

MPI

The Ministry for Primary Industries today removed the public health warning against collecting shellfish from the Hawke Bay. This warning was from the Mohaka River Mouth South to Cape Kidnappers. Further sampling of shellfish along this coastline has showed that PSP toxins are now at safe levels.

No other warnings remain in place.

USA – How to Report Seafood-Related Natural Toxin Illness

FDA

To help FDA effectively investigate, remove unsafe seafood products from the market, and develop new prevention strategies, the FDA relies on illness reporting from public health officials and healthcare providers. While most foodborne outbreaks are tracked through the FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation (CORE) network, seafood-related illnesses caused by natural toxins have a unique reporting mechanism. This web page provides information on commonly occurring seafood-related illnesses and how to report them to the FDA.  To report an illness from raw bivalve molluscan shellfish, email the FDA at shellfishepi@fda.hhs.gov.

The FDA receives reports of illnesses associated with the consumption of specific types of fish. These illnesses may originate from the activity of certain bacteria, toxins produced by marine algae, or hazards inherent in the fish.

Commonly occurring illness:

Illness and reporting information for the commonly occurring illnesses are provided in each section. Contact the FDA with any questions or need for clarification of the illness or reporting.

In addition to the illnesses listed above, reporting of other less frequently occurring illnesses from natural toxins may be accomplished by emailing the FDA at Seafood.Illness@fda.hhs.gov.  Refer to Chapter 6 of the “Fish and Fishery Products Hazards and Controls Guidance” for a comprehensive list of natural toxin illnesses. To report illnesses related to miscellaneous natural toxin illnesses, please email FDA at Seafood.Illness@fda.hhs.gov.

The FDA works with first responders, physicians, and state and local health departments to investigate illnesses and outbreaks, manage them, and learn how to lessen future occurrences.

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

SAP

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/

Research – ANSES sets value to protect people from emerging toxin in shellfish

Food Safety News

A French agency has proposed a guideline value to protect consumers of shellfish from a group of marine biotoxins.

The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) said brevetoxins (BTX) were first detected in mussels in Corsica in 2018. If ingested by humans, these toxins can cause neurological, gastrointestinal or cardiovascular symptoms.

After this finding a few years ago, ANSES was asked by the Directorate General for Food (DGAL) and Directorate General for Health (DGS) to propose a guideline value to protect the health of people who eat shellfish. The agency has published an opinion and report on the subject in French.

Based on reports of food poisoning in other countries, ANSES has set a guideline value to protect consumers of products such as oysters and mussels. This value is 180 µg/kg of shellfish flesh, expressed in BTX-3 equivalents, with BTX-3 being the form of brevetoxin used as the reference.

UK – Northern Ireland – Consultation on the rationalisation of official control shellfish biotoxin and phytoplankton monitoring points in Carlingford Lough

FSA

Northern Ireland specific
Consultation seeking stakeholders’ views on the proposed rationalisation of biotoxin and phytoplankton monitoring in Carlingford Lough and the implementation of Representative Monitoring Points (RMPs) and Associated Harvesting Areas (AHAs).

Who will this consultation be of most interest to?

Carlingford Lough shellfish harvesters, enforcement authorities, official control sampling officers, official control testing laboratories and other interested stakeholders.

Consultation subject

A proposal by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to rationalise the number of official control monitoring points for biotoxin and phytoplankton monitoring in Carlingford Lough and introduce Representative Monitoring Points (RMPs) and Associated Harvesting Areas (AHAs) .

Purpose of the consultation

To seek comments from industry, enforcement authorities, and other interested stakeholders on the proposed rationalisation of biotoxin and phytoplankton monitoring in Carlingford Lough and the implementation of RMPs and AHAs.

Consultation Pack

How to respond

Responses to this consultation should be emailed or posted to the addresses below:

Email: executive.support@food.gov.uk

Postal address:

Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland
Executive Support Unit
10a-c Clarendon Road, Belfast
Co Antrim
BT1 3GB

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

European Food Alerts

RASFF

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