Cefas shellfish testing
Oysters and other bivalve shellfish may accumulate pathogenic
bacteria or viruses if their growing water becomes contaminated
with faecal pollution. Occasionally this can lead to food poisoning
incidents in humans (gastroenteritis), particularly if affected
shellfish are consumed raw.
Bivalve shellfish may also accumulate marine toxins when toxic
phytoplankton blooms occur. These toxins are heat stable and
therefore not removed by cooking. If present in high enough
concentrations, they can be responsible for severe poisoning
Our Cefas Shellfish Testing (CST) service, operated by Cefas
Technology Limited (CTL), covers a range of tests
including norovirus, E.
coli, Salmonella spp. and marine toxins
(ASP, PSP and lipophilic toxins) in all major bivalve shellfish.
The tests follow internationally validated protocols operated
to the highest standards.
We have a long-standing reputation for the quality of our
customer service and
ability to consistently deliver high-quality test results to a
range of customers.
If you need shellfish tests - for norovirus, E.
coli, Salmonella spp. or marine toxins - or
further information, please contact one of our CST advisors. Client
confidentiality and a high-quality, professional and friendly
service are assured.
Tel: +44 (0)1305 206600
Cefas Technology Limited