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Seafood Hazards

Fish Health Inspectorate: protecting wild and farmed aquatic animals

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Fish Farm inspection

Serious diseases pose a threat to aquatic animal health both in aquaculture and in the wild. Many of these diseases have no effective treatment and have the potential to cause high numbers of mortalities in aquatic animals, with the consequent …

Shellfish sleuths- seafood-borne human illness investigations

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norovirus investigations

One of the less well-known aspects of Cefas’ seafood safety work is in support of seafood-borne human illness investigations. In the UK, an estimated 12,000-14,000 people per year experience sickness and diarrhoea after eating seafood, usually raw oysters. Frequently shellfish-borne …

Cefas evidence supports successful prosecution in the Environment Agency versus Southern Water wastewater permit breaches case

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Cockles on Shellness Beach, Kent

Southern Water have recently been fined a record £90m for deliberately pouring sewage into sea. The Environment Agency also highlighted their response to the case which saw 6,971 unpermitted sewage discharges taking place in Kent, Hampshire and Sussex between 2010 …