Detection of the pufferfish toxin tetrodotoxin in European bivalves, England, 2013 to 2014

Turner, A. D., Powell, A., Schofield, A., Lees, D. N. and Baker-Austin, C. (2015) Detection of the pufferfish toxin tetrodotoxin in European bivalves, England, 2013 to 2014. Eurosurveillance, 20 (2). ISSN 1025-496X

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Abstract

We report the first detection of tetrodotoxins (TTX) in European bivalve shellfish. We demonstrate that TTX is present within the temperate waters of the United Kingdom, along the English Channel, and can accumulate in filter-feeding molluscs. The toxin is heat-stable and thus it cannot be eliminated during cooking. While quantified concentrations were low in comparison to published minimum lethal doses for humans, the results demonstrate that the risk to shellfish consumers should not be discarded.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: epidemiology,public health, environmental and occupational health,virology ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2713
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2019 12:30
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 07:33
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/70085
DOI: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES2015.20.2.21009

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