Environmental implications of EC rules on fish, shellfish

Regulations implementing two EC Directives on the production and marketing of shellfish and fish products have been brought into force throughout Britain.1 Although intended to protect consumers, the EC rules may have environmental implications if shellfish producers demand a clean-up of sewage-contaminated waters, and as standards are set for chemical contaminants in fish products.

Both Directives were adopted in 1991.2 The implementing regulations were made under the Food Safety Act 1990. Local authorities will have the lead responsibility for policing the new rules.

Unlike the 1979 Directive on shellfish waters, which focussed on protecting shellfish health via controls on water quality, the new Directive on shellfish products concentrates on protecting consumers.

The Directive lays down hygiene, b

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