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Tasks of the NRL for Monitoring Bacteriological and Viral Contamination of Bivalve Molluscs

The tasks of the National Reference Laboratory for Monitoring Bacteriological and Viral in Bivalve Molluscs include

  • Co-ordination of the activities of the laboratories which are responsible in Germany for bacteriological and virological shellfish analyses (mainly control bodies but also laboratories involved in controls)
  • Support for the competent food control authorities in shaping the control system in the field of bacterial and viral shellfish contamination
  • Performance of regular comparative tests between the various laboratories which have been commissioned with these analyses and
  • Passing on information from the European Community Reference Laboratory (The Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science, Weymouth, Dorset, United Kingdom), to the competent German authorities and the national laboratories commissioned with the above analyses.

The tests mainly involve hygiene control of shellfish harvesting areas. These controls are designed to determine the germ content of the live mussels from these areas (mussels, oysters, etc.) and to examine them for pathogens. The results of these controls decide whether the mussels can be released for consumption or protective steps have to be taken.

Furthermore, certain live shellfish intended for consumption will also undergo random sampling within the framework of imports or at points of sale.

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External links

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Link
European Community reference laboratory (CRL) for monitoring bacteriological and viral contamination of bivalve molluscs

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Contact

Contact person Virology
Prof. Dr. Reimar Johne (Leiter)

Tel.
+49-30-18412-1006

Fax
+49-30-18412-2000

 

Contact person Virology
Dr. Eva Trojnar (stellvertr. Leiterin)

Tel.
+49-30-18412-2129

Fax
+49-30-18412-2000

 

Contact person Bakteriology
Dr. Eckhard Strauch (Leiter)

Tel.
+49-30-18412-2016

Fax
+49-30-18412-2000

 

Contact person Bakteriology
Prof. Dr. Lüppo Ellerbroek (stellvertr. Leiter)

Tel.
+49-30-18412-2121

Fax
+49-30-18412-2000

 

Address
Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)
NRL for Monitoring Bacteriological and Viral Contamination of Bivalve Molluscs
Diedersdorfer Weg 1
12277 Berlin

Email

Virology
nrl-virus@bfr.bund.de


Bakteriology
nrl-vibrio@bfr.bund.de