New SFPA COP for the Microbiological Monitoring of Bivalve Mollusc Production Areas:
This recently updated SFPA Code of Practice for the Microbiological Monitoring of Bivalve Mollusc Production Areas has been developed by the Molluscan Shellfish Safety Committee (MSSC) through consultation with all stakeholders over the last number of months and replaces the now defunct 2012 Vers 4 Micro COP.
The 2013 Micro COP reflects current best practices as reflected in both the 2012 Community Guide to Microbiological Classification and Monitoring of LBM Production Areas and CEFAS CRL’s Microbiological Monitoring of LBM Production Areas Guide to Good Practice.
This new COP includes lessons learned from FVO LBM audit of 2011, and is a more accurate reflection of Ireland’s Microbiological Monitoring Programmes of Shellfish Production Areas.
It contains clearer definitions on Preliminary Classifications, Seasonal Classifications, responding to out of range or elevated E.coli results, sample submission protocols and decision trees.
The attached document is also available on the SFPA’s website under seafood safety guidance documents at: http://www.sfpa.ie/SeafoodSafety/Shellfish/GuidanceDocuments.aspx
Older versions of this COP should be removed from circulation and replaced by the attached.
SFPA Supporting Shellfish Regional Information Events
The SFPA is supporting a series of Shellfish Regional Information Events. These free events are being held around the coast in September and October and are open to all those involved in the shellfish industry. For further details please see www.fsai.ie/events
Traceability and Labelling in Seafood
Micheál O’Mahony, SFPA Board Member will give a talk entitled "Seafood Traceability - A Regulator's Perspective" at the Labelfish joint U.K. and Ireland workshop on seafood traceability, genetics and labeling in Salford on November 12th, further information about Labelfish and this important conference are available at this link: http://labelfish.eu/dissemination/
This information is updated after each Quota Management Meeting. The latest available figures on the uptake of Quota Species are available here