Argyll and Bute Council issues health warning on shellfish algal toxins - Updated 25 January 2013

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Published Date: 

25 Jan 2013 - 11:33

Monitoring work undertaken by Argyll and Bute Council’s environmental health service has identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins in Loch a Chumhainn, Dervaig, Isle of Mull.

Eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels, oysters or razor fish from these areas may pose a risk to human health and notices to warn the public and casual gatherers have been posted at various locations on the shore. Commercial shellfish harvesters in these areas have been contacted by the council and steps taken to postpone harvesting until algae levels subside.

 

It is a sensible precaution to avoid eating shellfish from this area until further notice.

 

Monitoring work is currently being undertaken by the council to evaluate this situation and when the situation subsides, the warning notes will be removed.

 

For further information, please contact Regulatory Services, Tel: 01631 567987