Tag: Fish toxins

EFSA advises retailers on safe storage temperatures for pre-packed fish

EFSA advises retailers on safe storage temperatures for pre-packed fish

| July 9, 2015

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published new scientific and technical assistance on the evaluation of the safe storage temperature that should be applied to pre-packed fishery products at retail. The advice was compiled by a Working Group and based on a literature search and the use of published predictive microbiology growth models. The […]

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Agency publishes annual food incidents report

Agency publishes annual food incidents report

| June 8, 2015

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its latest Annual Report of Food Incidents, providing details of all the food, feed and environmental contamination incidents it investigated and managed in 2014. The report reveals that the Agency was notified of 1,645 incidents during the year, a number similar to those seen in recent years. […]

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FDA issues ciguatera guidance for seafood processors

FDA issues ciguatera guidance for seafood processors

| November 26, 2013

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published final guidance for the seafood processing industry on minimising the risk of ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) from reef fish such as grouper, amberjack, snapper and barracuda. The new guidance focuses on responsible sourcing to avoid purchasing reef fish taken from harvest locations where ciguatera is known […]

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Things may be hotting up for food safety

Things may be hotting up for food safety

| October 24, 2013 | 1 Comment

There is little doubt that the Earth’s climate is getting warmer. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the mean global temperature over land and sea rose by 0.85oC between 1880 and 2012, while the period from 1983 to 2012 was probably the warmest 30 years in the last 1400. Why this is […]

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Food safety is full of surprises

Food safety is full of surprises

| August 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

It doesn’t do to be complacent about the safety of our food supply. Just when you think everything is under control and the systems developed to manage hazards in the supply chain are working well, along comes news that puts a large spanner in the works. It could be something new and previously unsuspected, like […]

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Shellfish poisoning outbreak closes Scottish fisheries

Shellfish poisoning outbreak closes Scottish fisheries

| August 2, 2013

The UK Food Standards Agency has announced that a number of shellfish harvesting sites in Scotland have been closed following detection of unusually high levels of marine biotoxins and an outbreak of diarrhetic shellfish poisoning in south east England. The outbreak is thought to have affected at least 70 people who consumed mussels harvested in […]

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SCOMBROTOXIN (HISTAMINE)

| January 30, 2013

What is scombrotoxin? Scombrotoxin is a foodborne toxin most often associated with the consumption of fish, particularly species belonging to the Scombridae and Scomberesocidae families (scombroid fish), such as mackerel and tuna. It can cause a mild, though sometimes distressing, form of foodborne intoxication (scombroid or scombrotoxic food poisoning) when ingested in sufficient quantities. Scombrotoxic […]

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OKADAIC ACID TOXINS

| January 30, 2013

What are okadaic acid toxins? The okadaic acid group of toxins (OA-toxins) are the cause of diarrhoeic shellfish poisoning (DSP), a foodborne intoxication associated with the consumption of contaminated shellfish harvested from waters affected by growth of certain types of toxic algae. DSP is a non-lethal form of food poisoning with symptoms typical of gastroenteritis, […]

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CIGUATOXINS

| January 30, 2013

What are ciguatoxins? The ciguatoxins (CTXs) are a group of marine biotoxins, which are the cause of a foodborne intoxication known as ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP). CFP is associated with consumption of coral reef fish from tropical and subtropical waters in the Pacific and Indian Oceans and the Caribbean sea. It was first recorded by […]

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