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Marine Microbiology and Biotoxins Research Programme P01

Research projects related to the programme

In support of the Agency’s commitment to reduce reliance on animal tests and improve risk management of contaminated shellfish, this study validates the LC-MS/MS method, making it a suitable chemical alternative for use in the UK Official Biotoxins Monitoring Programme for the analysis of marine lipophilic toxins in mussels, cockles, oysters, scallops, razor clams and hard clams.
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In response to an ever increasing need for alternative quantitative testing methods for shellfish, the Agency has commissioned research to develop and validate suitable chemical methods for the routine and official determination of shellfish biotoxins known to cause human illness.
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This confirms the validity and suitability of AOAC HPLC method 2005.06 for the analysis of PSP toxins in oysters, recommending it as a far more accurate replacement for the oyster MBA test in the UK Official Biotoxins Monitoring Programme.
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This refines and validates AOAC HPLC method 2005.06, making it suitable for use in the UK Official Biotoxins Monitoring Programme for the analysis of PSP toxins in whole scallops.
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This extends the validation of AOAC HPLC method 2005.06 for use in the UK Official Biotoxins Monitoring Programme for the analysis of PSP toxins in minor clam species.
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This desk study reviewed relevant literature relating to approaches that have been used or may be used for establishing exclusion zones for bivalve shellfish harvesting around sewage discharge points. The study also assessed technical and practical applicability of the various approaches identified to the UK’s shellfish harvesting waters.
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Whereas measurement of E.coli levels provides an indicator of faecal contamination of shellfish, it is inadequate for the detection of human, enteric viruses such as norovirus. This study, covering 50 oyster harvesting areas, applied a standardised, quantitative, standardised detection method, focusing specifically on norovirus contamination.
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The project assessed the effectiveness of depuration in reducing norovirus in oysters, exploring the potential for novel approaches to improve effectiveness. A literature review of available evidence provided the starting point for a laboratory project aiming to identify possible enzymatic treatments to optimise depuration and significantly reduce norovirus contamination.
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This project determined how much Tc-99 from historic discharges has entered seafood.
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This project was funded by Food Standards Scotland and Food Standards Agency to review the status of currently available rapid, field testing methods for detection of marine biotoxins in flesh in shellfish.
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This research project is a retrospective case controlled study investigating the role of infant's environmental peanut exposure on later allergy.
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