Thursday, 10 August 2006
Certain marine biotoxins pose a serious health risk when present above maximum permitted limits in bivalve molluscs, echinoderms, tunicates or marine gastropods and therefore legislation has required the establishment of national marine biotoxin monitoring programmes.
Azaspiracids (AZAs) are a class of marine biotoxins that have emerged in the past ten years and have caused food poisoning.
There is a clear need for further research into the toxicology of AZAs and thorough detailed epidemiological investigation of any suspected incidents of AZP in the Risk Assessment of Azaspiracids (AZAs) in Shellfish: A report of the Scientific Committee of the FSAI August 2006 future.
Mechanisms of action need to be elucidated and preliminary work on long term low dose toxicological effects needs to be developed and supported with statistically significant animal studies.