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Algal toxins rise in Wester Ross prompts council shellfish warning to the public


By Hector MacKenzie


People have been advised to avoid eating certain types of shellfish from the area affected by a rise in naturally occurring algal toxins in Wester Ross until further notice.
People have been advised to avoid eating certain types of shellfish from the area affected by a rise in naturally occurring algal toxins in Wester Ross until further notice.

A RISE in algal toxins on a routinely monitored stretch of water in Wester Ross has prompted the local authority to advise people against eating shellfish from there "until further notice".

The warning issued today by Highland Council's environmental health team follows the identification of raised levels of the toxins which occur naturally. It follows routine monitoring in coastal waters at Inner Loch Torridon.

A statement issued by Highland Council said: "Eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels, oysters or razor fish from these areas may pose a health risk arising from the consumption of these algal toxins.

"As a sensible precaution, people should avoid eating shellfish from this area (along the shore between Sheildaig and Inveralligin) until further notice.

"It is important to note that cooking does not remove risks from consumption. Commercial shellfish harvesters in the area have been contacted by the council."

For further information, it is referring people to the Food Standards Scotland shellfish website: https://www.foodstandards.gov.scot/business-and-industry/industry-specific-advice/fish-and-shellfish



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