The Dorset coastline is a rich source of shellfish that is enjoyed by many people in the area and beyond. However, a recent news report reveals that a toxin known to cause Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning or ASP has been identified in mussels and scallops that were brought in from Portland Harbour. This has led to a closure notice being enforced that prohibits the harvesting of such molluscs until the presence of the toxin comes to an end. The Fleet oyster beds have not been affected by the closure.
The good news is that levels of the toxin are lower now than they were previously, although not low enough to warrant the re-opening of the harvesting area. If the molluscs are captured and shucked in proper surroundings that are controlled, the resulting product is safe. However, people are being warned that capturing and shucking them themselves could result in exposure to the toxin.
What should you do if you are affected by food poisoning?
There are many measures you can take to avoid getting food poisoning at home. However, it is still possible to buy food that is unfit for human consumption in the first place. If you have eaten food at a restaurant, bought it from a takeaway or bought it uncooked to be prepared at home, you will need evidence that you have bought unfit food for consumption.
Clearly this is not always easy. This is why many people choose to consult a professional injury compensation lawyer: someone with experience of this situation who can assess the details of the case to determine whether a claim for compensation can be made.
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Source: Weymouth Harbour