Food Law News - UK - 2000

FSA Scotland Press Release, 31 August 2000

Extension of Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning Ban on West Coast

The ban on fishing for scallops in waters off parts of the West Coast of Scotland, due to a build-up of naturally occurring Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP) toxins has been extended to include North Minch off Lewis, the Food Standards Agency Scotland announced yesterday. The ban is based on test results from the Government's sampling programme which showed that the ASP toxin has exceeded the statutory maximum permissible limit set down by the European Union.

Scallops is the only species affected by this ban. No other commercially marketed shellfish are affected by today's action.

Under the Order signed by Scottish Health Minister Susan Deacon yesterday, the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) West Coast No.3 (Scotland) Order 2000, the taking of scallops, from the specified area is prohibited.

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