Warning on shellfish toxins

Published Date: 

31 May 2017 - 16:14

Argyll and Bute Council’s Environmental Health team is issuing a warning on potential risk of raised levels of Escherichia coli (E.coli) bacteria at the following sites: 

  • Dunstaffnage Cockles
  • Kerrera East
  • Loch na Cille
  • Loch Riddon.

Monitoring work undertaken by the team has also identified raised levels of Escherichia coli (E.coli) bacteria at:

  • Kerrera West.

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 locations on the shore. Commercial shellfish harvesters have been contacted and steps taken to postpone harvesting until bacterial levels subside.

It is a sensible precaution to avoid eating shellfish from this area until further notice. When the situation subsides, the warning notices will be removed.

For further information, please contact the councils Environmental Health Team on 01631 567849.