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…

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is updating its warning to consumers regarding certain seafood species caught along the California coastline which may contain high levels of domoic acid. There have been no reported illnesses associated with this event. Advisories continue to be in place for:
  • Consumers to avoid eating recreationally and commercially caught

Due to “dangerous levels” of domoic acid found in some species, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels and clams, commercially or recreationally caught anchovy and sardines, or the internal organs of commercially or recreationally caught crab taken from Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. Department officials…

(This article by Liz Bradshaw, a postdoctoral research scholar in NoroCORE, the Norovirus Collaborative for Outreach, Research, and Education based at NC State, is the fifth in a series leading up to April 7, when the World Health Organization celebrated World Health Day, focusing this year on food safety. The first article in the…

Warm weather and low tides are good for harvesting shellfish, but nice weather is also ideal for naturally occurring bacteria to multiply, raising the risk of illness, warns the Washington State Department of Health. For that reason, food-safety officials in Washington state, California and Oregon advise shellfish gatherers and consumers to follow summertime health advice…

Seafood De La Mer, an Irish seafood-product manufacturer, is recalling products containing mussels due to a risk that mussels used in the products can cause diarrhetic shellfish poisoning. Symptoms of diarrhetic shellfish poisoning are diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain which can start between 30 minutes to a few hours after ingestion and last for…

British retailer Marks & Spencer is recalling three mussel-based food products after illnesses were reported in the U.K. All packs of the following products haven been removed from sale and are being recalled from customers:

  • M&S Mussels in Garlic
  • Unique code: 00604819 & 00929189
  • “Use by” date: all dates
  • M&S Mussels in White Wine
  • Unique

It’s Memorial Day.  The last Monday in May is set aside in the U.S. to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the Armed Forces. But it’s also considered the unofficial start-date for picnics, neighborhood potlucks and backyard barbecues. We’re taking the day off and because the Food Safety News team