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Shellfish safer to eat
Article Type: Food facts From: Nutrition & Food Science, Volume 41, Issue 4
New technology to make shellfish safer to eat has been pioneered by scientists at Queen’s University Belfast. The new test, developed at Queen’s Institute for Agri-Food and Land Use, not only ensures shellfish are free of toxins before they reach the food chain but is likely to revolutionise the global fishing industry. While the current process for monitoring potentially dangerous toxins in shellfish takes up to two days, the new test slashes the testing time to just 30 minutes using new biosensor technology and provides a much more reliable result. The test detects paralytic shellfish poisons, which paralyse anyone who consumes them and kills around 25 per cent people who are poisoned.
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