Bouches-du-Rhône: clam fishing suspended due to contamination with E. coli bacteria

Bouches-du-Rhône: clam fishing suspended due to contamination with E. coli bacteria

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There presence of Escherichia coli bacteria in certain shellfish from Bouches-du-Rhône has been “proven”, announced the prefecture on Wednesday. As a result, fishing is temporarily closed in several areas until better analyzes come back.

It is the burrowing bivalve shells – i.e. clams, clams and tellines – which are covered by the decree issued by the prefecture. It has “temporarily suspended since April 2, 2024 the harvest of the marketing of burrowing bivalves (clams, clams, tellines)”, coming from the Etang de Berre and the Cordon du Jaï, northwest of Marseille.

“All shellfish collected since April 2, 2024 inclusive in these areas must be withdrawn from sale, recalled for those that have been sold and destroyed,” writes the prefecture.

“From mild diarrhea to more serious forms”

Bacteria E. coli can have serious health consequences. They “are responsible for various disorders, ranging from benign diarrhea to more serious forms such as hemorrhagic diarrhea which can progress to severe kidney damage”, writes ANSES (national food safety agency) and “serious neurological complications” may also occur.

In last November, oysters from the Arcachon basin had been affected by contamination of this bacteria and prohibited for consumption.

The Bouches-du-Rhône prefecture explains that new checks will be carried out in the coming days. The ban will be lifted “as soon as analysis results conform to the threshold defined by health regulations are obtained”.



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