Warning over mussels.
People were today warned about a batch of potentially poisonous mussels which may have been sold on Teesside.
The Food Standards Agency The Food Standards Agency is a non-ministerial government department of the Government of the United Kingdom. It is responsible for protecting public health in relation to food throughout the United Kingdom and is led by an appointed board that is intended to act in the public said fresh mussels sold in one kilo nets by Asda, Morrisons and Tesco's supermarkets may contain toxins above the legal limits.
The Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group (SSMG) undertook the recall, after its own testing found levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning Paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) is one of the four recognised syndromes of shellfish poisoning (the others being neurologic shellfish poisoning, diarrheal shellfish poisoning and amnesic shellfish poisoning). (PSP) toxins above the legal limit.
PSP, which occurs very infrequently, is caused by naturally occurring algae algae (ăl`jē) [plural of Lat. alga=seaweed], a large and diverse group of primarily aquatic plantlike organisms. These organisms were previously classified as a primitive subkingdom of the plant kingdom, the thallophytes (plants that blooms and can pose a health risk.
Symptoms can include a tingling sensation of the mouth and tongue, and respiratory problems. In very rare cases PSP can be fatal.
Officers from Middlesbrough Council's Food and Safety Team contacted local stores to ensure affected products have been withdrawn.
Customers who bought the mussels between September 4 to 6 should not to eat them but either dispose of them or return them to the store where they were purchased for a refund.
For details call principal environmental health officer Wayne Flowers on 01642 728294.