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Scottish authorities detect ‘red alert’ levels of shellfish toxins

Reports of shellfish toxins have been increasing in and around Scotland recently — in particular, the toxins that cause diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP) and paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP).

These reports have strong implications for the shellfish industry in the area. Harvesters are limited in where they operate, and much of the industry is increasing testing […]

Researchers seek ways to decrease algal blooms from phosphorous runoff

Previously on the Neogen blog, we’ve written about how rising ocean temperatures are worsening the risk of shellfish poisoning due to the increasing presence of toxic algal blooms that thrive in warm waters.

Today we’re taking a look at another contributing factor to these algal blooms: phosphorus runoff.

First off: What is phosphorus runoff, and […]

As ocean temps rise, so does risk for shellfish poisoning

It’s not unusual for people to have shellfish allergies, but even non-allergic people can get sick from eating shellfish, thanks to contamination that occurs when the filter-feeding sea creatures take in toxins in warm ocean waters. Now, research is showing that the algae and bacteria that cause these toxins are becoming more prevalent as sea […]

Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal science, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science

Nature vs. Nurture: What Shapes a Foal’s Future? – The Horse Researchers have discovered that genes are certainly responsible for many personality traits. But even full siblings don’t share all […]

Marine toxins halt shellfish harvest at Scottish site

High levels of naturally-occurring toxins at a shellfish harvesting site in Scotland have led to the site’s closure.

About 70 people have reported symptoms that are consistent with diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP), which is caused by the consumption of toxins in the okadaic group. The toxins are produced by the marine dinoflagellates such as Dinophysis, […]