EU Directive 91/492/EEC lays down the health conditions for the production and placing on the market of live bivalve molluscs. Under this Directive and associated UK legislation, UK shellfish production areas are classified according to the degree of contamination by the faecal indicator bacterium, Escherichia coli, present in samples of mollusc flesh.
This project ensures that samples of flesh from all Scottish shellfish production areas are analysed throughout the year. The results of these allow the Food Standards Agency Scotland to determine the classification for these areas.
<p>Find more about this project and other FSA food safety-related projects at the <a href="http://www.food.gov.uk/science/research/" target="_blank">Food Standards Agency Research webpage</a>.