B.C. Shellfish Businesses Worry Over Biotoxin


GEORGIA STRAIT, B.C. — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has recalled shellfish harvested between July 19 and Aug. 2 from Gorge Harbour off Cortes Island, B.C. The product was infected with biotoxin diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP), reports CBC News.

Shellfish businesses are worried about the early August outbreak of the biotoxin and how it will impact on the industry.  “Anytime there’s anything, any sickness associated with the consumption of shellfish, it harms the whole industry,” said Alan Rowan, sales manager for Pacific Northwest Shellfish, as quoted in CBC News.

DSP can affect mussels, clams and oysters, and is not destroyed by cooking; it may not look or smell spoiled.

Although no additional DSP has been detected, according to protocol three more weeks of testing is required in order to classify the shellfish as safe.

For more on DSP in B.C. Shellfish, please visit CBC News.

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