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Protocols and know-how involved in removing ASP contamination in scallops

Protocols and know-how involved in removing ASP contamination in scallops.

The project discovered an effective method for safely removing ASP toxins from the adductor mussel and gonad of scallops during processing. The method is both simple and quick and should result in only minimal extra cost. The resulting product will meet safe end product standards even when heavily contaminated scallops are input to the process.

The use of this system will remove the risk of expensive product failing the safe standard - leading to destruction of the product and loss of income (plus the cost of the processing). In worst cases product recalls could result in failure of end product standard for ASP contamination. The new decontamination system should remove the need for such a recourse.

It is planned for widespread dissemination of the method, initially, through the trade association partners in the project, then through industry-wide bodies in Europe.

The method will go hand-in -hand with newly developing quality control tools for ASP and PSP contamination in the processing centre. These tools will be developed and demonstrated through a subsequent project with high-tech SMEs deriving benefit through manufacture and distribution of these devices. The whole shellfish industry (scallop sector) will gain an advantage in being able, once again, to market year round despite high levels of ASP toxin in the fishery areas.

Reported by

Horries Deerness
United Kingdom
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