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Algal toxins affecting shellfish in coastal waters in the North West Sutherland - Loch Eriboll and Kyle of Durness

17th September 2018

The Highland Council's Environmental Health team has identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins following routine monitoring at Loch Eriboll and Kyle of Durness.

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 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 please refer to Food Standards Scotlnad shellfish website:
https://www.foodstandards.gov.scot/business-and-industry/industry-specific-advice/fish-and-shellfish
(external link)

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