High Levels of Shellfish Toxin

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of Food Standards Scotland has continued to identify raised levels of shellfish toxins in Traigh Mhor in Barra.

Eating shellfish such as cockles, oysters, palourdes, mussels or razor fish from these areas may pose a risk to human health and notices to warn the public and casual gatherers have been posted at various locations on the shore. Commercial shellfish harvesters in these areas have been contacted by the Comhairle and steps taken to postpone harvesting until algae levels subside.

It is a sensible precaution to avoid eating shellfish from these areas until further notice.

The council is continuing to monitor the situation and warning notices will be removed when it improves.