Introduction to bivalve molluscan shellfish growing, harvesting, processing, and operating
There are food safety requirements you need to meet if you grow, harvest, or process bivalve molluscan shellfish (BMS), or are a BMS operator.
BMS for human consumption
The food safety rules that apply to BMS for human consumption depend on if you:
- grow or harvest BMS
- process BMS
- store BMS
- transport BMS.
The requirements apply if you work with BMS:
- from marine farms
- from land-based fish farms
- that you harvested from the wild.
The rules you need to follow come from the following legislation:
Check other rules that may apply to you
Make sure you also check the general requirements for your activity or food sector.
Requirements for BMS growers and harvesters
There are food safety requirements to meet if you:
- grow or harvest BMS commercially on a marine farm or land-based fish farm
- harvest BMS from the wild for commercial purposes.
Requirements for BMS processors
BMS processing includes:
- primary processing
- secondary processing
- land-based wet storage
- depuration (cleansing or purification).
BMS processors must also operate in premises that have a registered risk management programme:
Requirements for BMS operators
BMS operators include:
- commercial harvest operators
- relay operators
- sorting shed operators
- depot operators
- wet storage operators
- transport operators.
Who to contact
If you have questions about processing bivalve molluscan shellfish, email firstname.lastname@example.org