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Monitoring of Shrimp and Farmed Fish Sold in Canada for Cyanobacterial Toxins

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Sixty-one samples of shrimp and 32 samples of farmed fish collected from retail markets across Canada were analyzed for cyanobacterial toxins, including microcystins, paralytic shellfish poisons (saxitoxins), cylindrospermopsin, and β-N-methylamino-L-alanine, using established methods of analysis. None of these toxins were detected in any of the samples. Some shrimp samples screened for paralytic shellfish poisons showed the presence of unknown peaks in the chromatogram after periodate oxidation.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-11-324

Affiliations: 1: Health Canada, Food Research Division, 251 Sir Frederick Banting Driveway, 2203D, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0K9. barbara.niedzwiadek@hc-sc.gc.ca 2: Health Canada, Food Research Division, 251 Sir Frederick Banting Driveway, 2203D, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0K9

Publication date: January 1, 2012

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