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Transcontinental bat — California shellfish harvest ban — Food irradiation review in Europe

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of iwaspoisoned.com. EU urged to update irradiation regs Ionizing radiation can be used to sanitize food, killing bacteria like Salmonella, Camplyobacter and E. coli, but… Continue Reading

Pacific oysters recalled in Canada for marine biotoxin

Having found a marine biotoxin in two producers’ farm-raised Pacific oysters, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency posted a recall today, but distribution details were incomplete. The biotoxin found by the CFIA causes Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP), which can cause respiratory paralysis and requires immediate medical attention. “Consumers should not consume, and retailers, hotels, restaurants and institutions should… Continue Reading

Paralytic shellfish poison levels force recreational harvest ban

Most of Vashon Island is now closed to recreational shellfish harvesting because of unsafe levels of paralytic shellfish poison, which acts quickly and can cause paralysis of the respiratory system and death. The Seattle-King County Public Health Department posted an alert Friday evening citing information from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). The marine… Continue Reading

Paralytic shellfish poison closes harbor to shellfish harvest

Quartermaster Harbor on Vashon-Maury Island in Puget Sound is closed to recreational shellfish harvesting until further notice because of unsafe levels of paralytic shellfish poison (PSP). The Washington Department of Health posted the closure today for recreational harvesting, noting that the harbor remains open to commercial harvest. The closure includes all species of shellfish including… Continue Reading

Alaska tribe establishes Sitka lab to test shellfish for biotoxins

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska has set up an environmental research and testing lab in Sitka and plans to begin testing local shellfish for biotoxins this spring. There has reportedly been some concern about the distance and turnaround time to have locally harvested shellfish tested in Anchorage by the state, which currently operates the only FDA-certified lab in… Continue Reading

Alaska Health Officials Warn Public After ‘Probable Case’ of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning

A “probable case” of paralytic shellfish poisoning was reported this past weekend related to clams harvested at Kenai Peninsula’s Clam Gulch, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Department officials said Monday in a press release that a Kenai resident had harvested razor and possibly butter clams around noon on Sunday, ate the clams… Continue Reading

New Shellfish Toxicity Test Could Save Thousands of Mice

A newly approved shellfish toxicity test is quickly becoming music to the ears of fishery laboratory personnel, as well as the tens of thousands of mice whose lives the new test aims to save each year. The new test  has been designed to replace the current industry-standard mouse bioassay toxicity test, which involves blending up… Continue Reading

China Bans Shellfish From U.S. West Coast for Arsenic and Toxin Levels

China has suspended imports of shellfish from the West Coast of the United States after finding  high levels of arsenic and a toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning in recent shipments of geoduck clams from Northwest waters. The indefinite ban affects clams, oysters and all other two-shelled bivalves harvested off the coast of Washington, Oregon, Alaska… Continue Reading

California Warns of Health Risk in Marin County Shellfish

California health officials are warning consumers not to eat mussels, clams or scallops from Marin County because they may contain dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins. The California Department of Health issued a health advisory Wednesday after mussels harvested from Marin County were found to contain high levels of PSP toxins, but the… Continue Reading

California Officials Add to List of Shellfish to Avoid in Del Norte County

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is adding sport-harvested clams and whole scallops to the list of Del Norte County bivalve shellfish that consumers should avoid. The advisory is in addition to the annual mussel quarantine that was extended Oct. 31 for both Del Norte and Humboldt counties, according to CDPH. “Dangerous levels of… Continue Reading