Sales of clams, oysters and other mollusks suspended due to marine toxin detected in estuaries in BCS

These actions are part of the Mexican Bivalve Mollusk Health Program, which aims to monitor the quality of seawater and products extracted for human consumption

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Health authorities detected a marine toxin in the El Coyote and El Cardón estuaries, in the northern municipality of Mulegé, so they suspended as a precaution the extraction and commercialization of bivalve mollusks in this region of southern California.

The State Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (COEPRIS) of Baja California Sur reported that the presence of the marine toxin saxitoxin was identified and confirmed with studies in that coast.

As part of the protocol until it is determined whether the biotoxin is within the permissible parameters or not, according to the official Mexican standard, the prohibition was determined during this weekend of the extraction, commercialization and consumption of bivalve mollusks (clams, oysters, mussels, among others) in this region of the state.

“The use of bivalve mollusks (clams, oysters) in the aforementioned estuaries is temporarily suspended, in order to avoid risks to the health of the population,” the agency stated in its notice.

It emphasized that this is not a sanitary ban, but rather a provisional measure that will remain in effect while the results of the study of toxin concentrations are received.

The federal health authority (COFEPRIS) has already been notified, as well as the National Commission for Aquaculture and Fisheries (CONAPESCA), and other related entities to notify the fishing cooperatives and comply with the established precautionary measure.

The agency said that these actions are part of the Mexican Bivalve Mollusk Health Program, which aims to monitor the quality of seawater and products extracted for human consumption, as well as to protect public health and support marketing processes.

Source: eluniervsal