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Animal testing for shellfish monitoring phased out
The Food Standards Agency’s shellfish monitoring programme has successfully completed a move away from tests using mice for the detection of paralytic shellfish poisoning and lipophilic toxins in commercially harvested shellfish. Previously, the method for detecting potentially harmful PSP and lipophilic toxins was based on a test called the mouse bioassay (MBA). The new assays, both analytical techniques using HPLC and LC-MS, give significant improvements in test performance over the traditional MBA.
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