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Sampling and analysis for chemical contaminants in shellfish flesh from Scottish inshore and offshore harvesting sites


Mussels (Mytilus edulis), scallops (Pecten maximus) and oysters (Crassostrea gigas), were sampled during January and February 2004 from a number of production areas, and analysed to determine the soft tissue concentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH), trace metal (TM), chlorobiphenyl (CB) and organochlorine pesticide (OCP) residues.

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The European Union (EU) Shellfish Hygiene Directive (91/492/EEC) includes the requirement to assess a range of elements of end product quality in shellfish offered for sale for human consumption. Therefore there is a need to conduct a targeted programme to provide current data on the concentrations of priority contaminants in harvested shellfish and to assess the contaminant levels in cultivated and natural populations of a number of shellfish species throughout Scottish coastal waters.

<p>Find more about this project and other FSA food safety-related projects at the <a href="; target="_blank">Food Standards Agency Research webpage</a>.

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