General Information

Event name: BE-08-001
Country: BELGIUM
Nature of the harmful event:
Seafood toxins
Event directly affected:
Toxicity detected: Yes (Approximate range: >160 g/kg)
Associated syndrome: DSP
Unexplained toxicity: Yes (No toxin-producer was observed)
Species implicated in toxin transmission (transvector): Mytilus edulis
Report the outcome of a monitoring programme: Yes (Regular food safety inspection)
Event occurred before in this location: No
Individuals to contact: De Rijcke, Maarten

Location & Date

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Location: Latitude: 51.200556, Longitude: 2.676667
General location information: Nieuwpoort Bank, Belgian part of the North Sea
HAB Area code(s): BE-01
Additional location information: At the time, this area was legally known as "shellfish production area D-1"
Bloom event dates (yyyy/mm/dd): Event Date:2008-08-01
Quarantine levels dates (yyyy/mm/dd): First detection: 2008-08-01, End: 2008-08-14
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Causative organism known: No
Causative Species/Genus:
Co-Ocurring Species/Genus:
Chlorophyll concentration, if known: µg/l
Additional bloom information: Dinophysis spp. was not observed at above threshold levels during phytoplankton monitoring at the time
Event-related bibliography: WIV-ISP, 2008. Analysis report R22/23-2008-01675. Scientific Institute of Public Health (WIV-ISP), Brussels, Belgium. / FAVV, 2008. Meeting report of the Advisory Commission Nr. 2008-7. Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FAVV/FASFC), Brussels, Belgium. 21p.

Environmental Conditions

Weather: Turbidity (NTU): Wind direction:
Stratified water: Oxygen content (nL/L): Wind velocity:
Temperature (°C): Oxygen saturation %: Current Direction:
Sechhi disk (m): Salinity: Current Velocity:
Nutrient information:
Temperature Range During Event: Max: °C, Min: °C
Salinity Range During Event:
Bloom location in the water column:
Growth Comments
Additional Environmental information: Not recorded

Toxin Assay Information

Species containing the toxin Toxin type Toxin details Max. concentration Assay type
Mytilus edulis Okadaic Acid OA NA Not Available
Kit used: Type of kit used:
Additional information: Detection method used is undisclosed
Economic losses: 10.000 direct loss of revenue, subsequent termination of the aquaculture brand caused an est. loss of 500.000
Management decision: Shellfish recall and shellfish closure
Additional harmful effect information:
Created at 11:43 on 17 Aug 2017
Updated at 09:31 on 12 Feb 2018