Norovirus Guidance Document
This document aims to assist shellfish producers to reduce the risk of norovirus contaminated oysters being placed on the market and to reduce the risk of outbreaks of illness associated with the consumption of norovirus contaminated oysters.
This guidance is advisory only. Adoption is recommended but it is not a requirement on any shellfish producer or FBO.
The document describes the food safety risk presented by Norovirus in Oysters and the general requirements of food law applying to this issue.
Potential management measures are described. These management measures are advisory but shellfish gatherers are encouraged to consider them in the context of their own operations and local circumstances. Links to further information are provided.
This guidance was prepared by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA), the Marine Institute (MI) and Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM).
Code of Practice for the Microbiological Monitoring of Bivalve Mollusc Production Areas:
COP for Microbiological Monitoring of BiValve Mollusc Production Area
Code of Practice for the Irish Shellfish Monitoring Programme (Biotoxins):
This version of the COP includes updates on the HABS database and also additional detail on sampling frequency (Section 4.3) and production period (Section 6.3). There is a new section on the role of the Shellfish Monitoring Co-ordinator (Section 4.1.1) and the changes introduced to the Programme by the SFPA Notice to Trade on the Harvesting of Scallops, version 6 (July 2018) are included in Section 4.15. There is additional detail on phytoplankton and shellfish sampling frequency (Appendices 3 and 5), along with updated samples of the Shellfish Registration Document (Appendix 8). Some other minor updates to the text and links are also included in this version. This Code of Practice was prepared by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA), the Marine Institute (MI)
COP Biotoxin Monitoring
Notice to Trade on the Harvesting of Scallops:
Notice to Trade on the Harvesting of Scallops
SFPA Guidance Document for Inspecting LBM Purification Centres:
LBM Purification Systems Guidance
Enhanced Official Controls for Shellfish & Phytoplankton Sampling under the Irish Shellfish Monitoring Programme:
Enhanced Offcial Controls for Shellfish & Phytoplankton monitoring programme
Instructions for taking and submitting Shellfish samples for the National Shellfish Monitoring Programme (Biotoxins)
Instructions for taking and submitting Shellfish sample for National Shellfish Monitoring Programme (Biotoxins)