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Shellfish beds closed in Swansea Bay.

SHELLFISH beds in Swansea Bay were closed yesterday after samples proved positive for diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP).

Food safety officials from Swansea council issued a Notice of Temporary Closure of Production Areas, which will close Swansea Bay for shellfish gathering from Mumbles Head to the eastern breakwater at Swansea Docks.

The beaches remain open to the public, who are being reassured there is no health risk to beach users.

Lynda Anthony, Swansea Council's divisional officer for food and safety, said: "Following the positive tests forDSP,we have taken the appropriate action to close the beds until we are assured that shellfish in the area is safe for public consumption."

She added: "The closure of the shellfish beds does not in any way affect recreational use of the beaches. There is no health risk to beach users, but they must not collect or eat shellfish."
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 3, 2011
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