Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

SESSION 2002-03
20 November 2003 Toxins in shellfish

20 November 2003 Toxins in shellfish
New inquiry announced

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee today announced that it intends to undertake a new inquiry into toxins in shellfish.

The terms of reference for the inquiry are:

"Taking account of the reports published by the Food Standards Agency on 2 October 2003 into the testing of UK shellfish for toxins, the Committee will look into the implications for public health and for the shellfish industry of the 'atypical results' revealed by statutory testing of shellfish in the past two years, and the way in which those results have been interpreted and acted upon."

The Committee invites all interested parties to submit written evidence which addresses these terms of reference. The deadline for the submission of evidence is Friday 9 January 2004.

Evidence should be submitted in Word or WordPerfect formats, and should be sent by e-mail to devineg@parliament.uk. The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document should include a brief executive summary. Those submitting evidence are reminded that evidence should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted no public use should be made of it, but those wishing to publish their evidence before it is published by the Committee are invited to contact the Clerk of the Committee to obtain permission to do so.

Oral evidence sessions will be announced in due course.