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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 incidents.

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.


Cefas shellfish testing

Tel: +44 (0)1305 206600
Email: cst@cefas.co.uk
Buy tests: Cefas Technology Limited


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