Processors of bivalve molluscan shellfish (BMS)

All BMS processors, including those doing depuration (cleansing) and land-based wet storage, must operate under a risk management programme (RMP).

BMS processing 

The processing of BMS includes:

  • primary and secondary processing
  • land-based wet storage
  • depuration.

Primary or secondary processing starts when the BMS is received at the processing premises.

Land-based wet storage is the temporary storage of BMS intended for retail, wholesale or processing. The BMS is moved from a growing area to land-based premises for the purposes of desanding (removing sand), conditioning or storage before processing or direct sale.

Depuration reduces the level of contaminants in live BMS by managing the aquatic environment. Depuration treatment is done before wet storage, retail, wholesale or processing.

Requirements for BMS processors

All BMS processors must operate under an RMP. Find out more about managing risk:

You must also comply with the Animal Products Notice: Specifications for Products Intended for Human Consumption. These specifications include requirements for:

  • testing
  • reception
  • raw harvested BMS
  • processing BMS
  • wet storage of BMS, including the appropriate wet storage systems
  • depuration of BMS
  • shucking, processing and packing
  • heat shocking
  • repacking
  • labelling.

Read the Notice, referring particularly to Part 14, clauses 14.12 to 14.34:

BMS processors who export

If you export BMS, then you need to meet specific country requirements, especially if you export to the European Union (EU) and/or the United States.

Find out more about seafood exporting:

Exporting seafood

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