Fenland District Council issues temporary shellfish harvesting ban
Fenland District Council has taken action to temporarily prohibit the commercial harvesting of shellfish near the mouth of the River Nene after raised levels of bacteria were found.
Routine sampling by the council discovered levels of naturally occurring bacteria in the shellfish had increased, likely to have been caused by recent high rainfall.
The council has now issued a temporary closure notice of shellfish beds near the mouth of the River Nene, prohibiting the commercial harvesting of shellfish until bacterial levels return to normal.
Councillor Samantha Hoy, Fenland’s portfolio holder for environmental health, said: “The council’s environmental health team undertakes routine sampling of shellfish which are commercially harvested to ensure the quality of shellfish remains high.
“The prohibition is purely a precautionary measure as all cockles and mussels commercially harvested from the mouth of the River Nene are purified or heat treated prior to being sold for human consumption. Further sampling is being carried out and the ban will be removed once bacterial levels return to normal.”
Whilst the temporary ban only applies to the commercial collection of shellfish by food business operators, the council is strongly advising members of the public not to collect and consume shellfish from the mouth of the River Nene.
For further information, please contact the council’s environmental health team at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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