FDA publishes info on mollusk safety

A new guidance document aims to ensure mollusks such as oysters and clams are safe for human consumption.

The National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP) Guide for the Control of Molluscan Shellfish: 2011 Revision is meant to be used by federal, state and international regulatory authorities and those in the shellfish industry, and outlines best practices for ensuring safety and sanitation, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN).

The 2011 revision supersedes the last revision from 2009.

The guide also describes the proper procedures for handling outbreaks such as Vibrio, which can cause foodborne illness in humans.

Have some free time this afternoon? Read the guidance document here.

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