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Order No. 732 on mussels.

Type of law

This Order sets regulations for the monitoring and inspection, research and analysis of algal sites where harvesting of mussels takes place. These regulations include the application of hygiene methods for cleaning and conditioning of mussels destined for human consumption, with the purpose of meeting health standards and microbiological classification criteria. Rules may be suspended, should there be risks of poison in specific algal areas which may compromise the quality of mussel harvesting. The Ministry of Environment and Food shall regulate provisions of this Order through its Danish Veterinary and Food Administration. The latter will ensure to adhere to regulations to EU provisions while it shall not be responsible for costs incurred for the procurement, submission and testing of samples, reporting of analytical results required under this Order.
This Order consists of 13 Chapters and 8 Annexes: Scope and definitions (1); Conditions for harvesting in production areas and breeding sites (2); Monitoring of toxic algae and algal toxins (3); Common sampling - toxic algae and algal toxins (4); Temporary microbiological classification (5); Notification of permanent microbiological classified production areas and breeding sites (6); Verification of permanent microbiological classification (7); Common sampling - microbiological tests (8); Sampling of chemical contaminants (9); Registration documents (10); Use of clean seawater for cleaning and conditioning (11); Inspection costs (12); Penalties and entry into force (13).
annex 1 - Production areas in Denmark.
Annex 2 - Algal monitoring sites in Denmark.
Annex 3 - Samples of mussels for algal toxins testing.
Annex 4 - Water samples for testing for toxic algae.
Annex 5 - Increased monitoring - increased control.
Annex 6 - Specific conditions for harvesting, analyzing, handling and marketing scallops (Pectinidae), including the species Pecten maximus and Pecten jacobeus, non-filtering sea snails and non-filtering sea cucumber.
Annex 7 - Samples of mussels for microbiological testing.
Annex 8 - Sampling of mussels for testing for chemical contaminants.
Date of text
Entry into force notes
1 July 2020.
Source language


Legislation Amendment
Original title
Bekendtg relse om muslinger.