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Toxin Warning For Scallops Off The Dorset Coast


5:02pm 13th August 2014

If you're planning on picking your own scallops off the Dorset coast, you're being warned they could contain harmful toxins.

Weymouth Harbour Authority says a problem with Algal Toxin which started in May is still present.

They're working with the Food Standards Agency and other organisations to monitor the levels.

Chair of Weymouth Port Health Committee Cllr Paul Kimber said: "We have a duty to protect the safety of the public. The measures that have been put in place will ensure that consumers can continue to trust the quality of shellfish they consume and businesses can continue to operate safely."

*ASP (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) type toxin can cause neurological symptoms if consumed in sufficient quantity. These symptoms include: dizziness, confusion, weakness, permanent short-term memory loss and in very rare cases, death.

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