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Type: Journal article
Title: Health risk assessment for cyanobacterial toxins in seafood
Author: Mulvenna, V.
Dale, K.
Priestly, B.
Mueller, U.
Humpage, A.
Shaw, G.
Allinson, G.
Falconer, I.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2012; 9(3):807-820
Publisher: Molecular Diversity Preservation International
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 1660-4601
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Vanora Mulvenna, Katie Dale, Brian Priestly, Utz Mueller, Andrew Humpage, Glen Shaw, Graeme Allinson and Ian Falconer
Abstract: Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) are abundant in fresh, brackish and marine waters worldwide. When toxins produced by cyanobacteria are present in the aquatic environment, seafood harvested from these waters may present a health hazard to consumers. Toxicity hazards from seafood have been internationally recognised when the source is from marine algae (dinoflagellates and diatoms), but to date few risk assessments for cyanobacterial toxins in seafood have been presented. This paper estimates risk from seafood contaminated by cyanobacterial toxins, and provides guidelines for safe human consumption.
Keywords: cyanobacteria; blue-green algae; toxins; seafood safety; health guidelines
Rights: © 2012 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license (
RMID: 0020118160
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph9030807
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