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Shellfish toxin warnings are being extended in West Lewis.

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of Food Standards Scotland has identified raised levels of shellfish toxins in West Loch Roag (Miavaig and Eilean Tenish), Comhairle nan Eilean Siar reported today (Friday May 26).  

Only on Tuesday this week a similar warning was issued for East Loch Roag.

Eating shellfish such as mussels, cockles, or razor fish from these areas may pose a risk to human health, say CnES.

Commercial shellfish harvesters in these areas have been contacted by the Comhairle and steps have been taken to postpone harvesting until algae levels subside.

The Comhairle’s Environmental Health team advise that it is a sensible precaution to avoid eating shellfish from the loch until further notice.