Classification and monitoring

The Food Standards Scotland (FSS) sets out the overall policy for the monitoring and classification of shellfish harvesting areas. They manage the programme according to a published protocol.

The process

Local sampling officers in Scotland take samples from shellfish harvesting sites and send them for E. coli analysis. Local authorities also enforce the controls for areas within their jurisdiction.

Cefas scientists - working with other partners in Scotland (particularly Shetland Seafood Quality Control) - test the shellfish samples for E. coli, under contract to the FSS.

The FSS uses this data when classifying shellfish harvesting areas in Scotland.

Results and classifications are published on the Shellfish Monitoring and Classification website. All data is published under the Open Government Licence.