Shellfish toxin levels drop

Published Date: 

10 Oct 2017 - 16:06

Six shellfish areas of Argyll and Bute where raised levels of E-coli bacteria or algal toxins were found have returned to normal levels.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Environmental Health team regularly monitor shellfish areas to ensure quality remains high.

Four areas where raised levels of E.coli had been discovered are now within permitted levels. They are Loch Fyne (Otter Point), Kerrera West, North Connel and Loch Craignish.

Alerts remain in place at Dunstaffnage, Kerrera East, Campbeltown Loch and Loch Riddon.

It is a sensible precaution to avoid eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels, oysters or razor fish while the levels are raised.

Naturally-occurring algal toxins were found at Kilfinichen Bay and Ardkinglas at Loch Fyne. These are now at normal levels.

Alerts remain in place at Loch Melfort and Seil Sound and harvesting of shellfish is not permitted at the moment.

For further information, contact the Council on 01631 567849. There is also more information available from www.foodstandards.gov.scot/food-safety-standards/advice-business-and-industry/shellfish/shellfish-results