EU rapid alert finds mercury in blue shark slices from Spain –

EU rapid alert finds mercury in blue shark slices from Spain Published:  16 May, 2006

THE EU rapid alert for week 19 has found mercury in blue shark slices from Spain, notified by Italy. Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) toxins were found in frozen boiled mussel meat from Norway via Sweden , notified by Germany. Dioxins were found in canned cod liver in oil from Poland, notified by Germany and finally, carbon monoxide treatment was detected in frozen tuna loins from Vietnam via the Netherlands, notified by Spain.

Alert notifications are sent when the food or feed presenting the risk is on the market and when immediate action is required. Alerts are triggered by the Member State that detects the problem and has initiated the relevant measures, such as withdrawal/recall. The notification aims at giving all the members of the network the information to verify whether the concerned product is on their market, so that they also can take the necessary measures.

Consumers can be reassured that products subject to an alert notification have been withdrawn or are in the process of being withdrawn from the market. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.