CSSP Updates, Vibrio (Vp) and Biotoxin Information

This page has ben created to focus specifically on delivering general information associated with the Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP), Vibrio parahaemolyticus (VP) and Marine Biotoxin (i.e. PSP) to BC shellfish farmers. Note that the information on this page is not official. It is for background material only.

If you are looking for the latest PSP Closure information, click here to link to the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website.

If you are looking for the latestSanitary Closure information,click here to link to the official Fisheries and Oceans Canada website.

CFIA Vibrio parahaemolyticus HACCP Controls Document May 2013 –NEW

2008 Changes to the CSSP – Human Waste Containment

Updated May 28th, 2008 – Please be advised that Amendment #11 of the Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program Manual has been issued.  Click here for CFIA CSSP Manual Table of Contents.  This amendment makes modifications to:

Definitions – incorporate new definition to reflect Appendix XII

Chapter 1 – update to incorporate inclusion on ICSSL

Chapter 2 – Sub-tidal Areas (replaces Bulletin 2)

Chapter 12 – to reflect Appendix XII

Appendix I – Sampling Holding Times

Appendix XI – Protocol for Shellfish Brokers (new document)

Appendix XII – Multi-trophic management plan (new document)

Updated March 4th, 2008 – The final report, “Summative Evaluation of the CSSP” is now posted in CFIA’s website (click here to view).

Updated February 22nd, 2008-The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and Environment Canada, the partners in the Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP), are enhancing program requirements to better address the potential health risks associated with human waste disposal into waters where shellfish are harvested. The improved controls apply to shellfish harvesting vessels and will affect federally registered shellfish processors through their QMPimplementation practices. Click here to view the official notification of changes to the CSSP.

February 18th, 2008 – Changes to the Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP) are expected for Human Waste Containment on Shellfish Harvest Vessels in 2008. Disposal of human waste into waters where shellfish are harvested or adjacent to shellfish harvest areas creates unnecessary and potentially serious health risks for shellfish consumers. To be implemented in 2008, vessels involved in shellfish harvesting that are not readily available to on-land washroom facilities will be required to have an onboard approved human waste receptacle. Approved waste receptacles are expected to include: an impervious container with tight fitting lid, a portable toilet, a fixed toilet with holding tank or a Transport Canada approved marine sanitation device. In addition all persons on board a harvest vessel must sanitize their hands after using such devices. Contact CFIA Fish Inspection for more information.

Summary of BCSGA Vibrio Workshop – February 21st, 2008

In order to prepare ourselves for this year’s Vibrio parahaemolyticus(Vibrio, Vp) season, the BCSGA is hosted a workshop on February 21st, 2008. The purpose of this workshop was to gather the stakeholders to review the results of last year’s (2007) Vibrio season and determine the effectiveness of our existing time temperature controls and public education program. Presentations (links below) focussed on comparisons of the new US Vibrio control program; a review of consumer advisories and an update on labeling requirements; and a review of the current Vp Bill of Lading that growers use.Below are a series of links to PDF files of the presentations given:

2008 Washington State Vp Control Program by Maryanne Guichard, Washington State Department of Health

Norovirus – What is It? by Lorraine McIntyre, Food Safety Specialist, BC Centre for Disease Control

Vp in British Columbia by Eleni Galanis, BC Centre for Disease Control

Raw Oyster Advisory Update byDomenico Losito, Regional Director, Health Protection, Vancouver Coastal Health

Vp in BC – Current and Future Approaches by Liliana Rodriguez-Maynez, Shellfish and Aquaculture Specialist, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Background Information on Agencies Associated with Vibrio and PSP

In February 2008, a document was drafted by the BCSGA which outlines the responsibilities of the various agencies as they relate to the delivery of the Vibrio and Marine Biotoxin programs in BC. The delivery is complex – therefore this attempts to clarify a few things. Click the link below to view the PDF document:

Backgrounder: Agency Responsibilities with regard to Vibrio (Vp) and Marine Biotoxins (PSP)

Basic Information on PSP (Backgrounder Article)

Ever wondered about the deal withParalytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP)? Ever felt the temptation to pick Oysters from a public beach, but haven’t done your background research into biotoxins? If so, read this article at physorg.com.

And, as a highly-regulated farming industry that does understand PSP and monitors specifically and diligently for it, we encourage you to not pick Oysters off public beaches, but instead buy them from your local farmed shellfish distributor, restaurant or market. That way, you may rest assured, they are clean. And enjoy!