Controls in EU countries on bivalve mollusks are not always adequate to protect consumer health, according to the European Commission.

Bivalve mollusks include mussels, clams, oysters, and scallops. France, Spain, Italy, and Greece make up more than 80 percent of the production in Europe, mostly from aquaculture.

They feed by

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The system for monitoring chemical contamination of food in France works well most of the time but has some gaps, according to ANSES.

The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) assessed the surveillance and control scheme in place between 2010 and 2014 for inorganic and
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Certain Pacific Ocean oysters were recalled late Friday (July 19) from the marketplace due to a marine biotoxin which causes Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).   No illnesses are yet associated with the recall.

Oysters on the recall list were distributed in Alberta, British Columbia,
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A French food safety agency has warned of a possible health risk due to consumption of pinnatoxin-contaminated shellfish.

The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) looked at pinnatoxins (PnTXs), a family of marine biotoxins detected in mussels from Mediterranean lagoons.

The agency recommended the emerging
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