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Shellfish Sanitary Surveys

Access the latest sanitary surveys relating to bivalve mollusc production in Ireland.

Under Regulation (EC) 854/2004, there is a requirement for competent authorities intending to classify bivalve mollusc production and relaying areas to undertake a sanitary survey. Sanitary surveys involve the identification of potential sources of faecal contamination of bivalve mollusc harvesting areas and an assessment of the likely impact of the sources on the microbiological quality of the fisheries. The purpose of a sanitary survey is to ultimately establish the location(s) of Representative Monitoring Points, justified and supported by a completed Sanitary Survey report, from where classification monitoring samples of shellfish will be taken for the Official Control Microbiological Monitoring Programme, the results of which determine the annual classification for bivalve mollusc production areas.