Safeguarding the Integrity of the Catch

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Biotoxins, such as those that cause ASP, PSP, and DSP in shellfish can pose significant health risk to humans, thereby directly impacting commercial fisheries by lowering consumer confidence and delaying harvests.  Scotia Rapid Testing helps shellfish harvesters/processors to identify biotoxins in phytoplankton, bivalves, finfish and lobster tomalley with tests that are inexpensive, easy to use and quick to perform.  These tests can be a vital safeguard that help you ensure product safety and protect your reputation and your brand.

Monitoring programs that are managed by government agencies ensure food safety by testing for biotoxins in phytoplankton and shellfish. While each country’s governing body may use different methods to test for these biotoxins, most of these methods are costly and time consuming.  Consequently, aquaculture farms and fisherman have to wait for the results of the testing before they know their shellfish is safe for processing. The shellfish industry can be proactive by performing their own testing using the Scotia Rapid Test for PSP, ASP and DSP. Our products can be used to test for biotoxins in phytoplankton, bivalves, finfish and lobster tomalley with ease in laboratories or non-laboratory environments as an indicator or quick check for the presence of toxins.  These tests can be implemented into harvesting or processing quality control programs and protects public safety and job security for harvesters, processors, merchants, and international business as a whole.

The requirements for the import of seafood can vary from one country to the next, and in many cases, a country may require screening of shipments prior to acceptance of product.  For instance, since 2008 Japan has restricted the import of lobster from Canada and the Eastern US states unless it has been screen tested for the presence of PSP toxins in the tomalley.  The Scotia PSP test qualifies as a suitable screen test for these shipments and has been used by large seafood processors.  This has protected public safety and the livelihoods of many Canadian lobster companies as a result of continued exportation within the international aquaculture industry

If you are involved in the commercial sector and interested in rapid testing to ensure seafood safety, please contact us and we will follow up with you.

 

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