The Department, through the Food Safety Unit, has responsibility for Port Health and is a member of the Association of Port Health Authorities, Committees of which meet regularly to discuss policy issues and new legislation on imported food control and environmental health and hygiene. This Association proves to be a most useful forum for the exchange of information between authorities on rejected cargoes and other matters of significance.
Link to the Association of Port Health Authorities – www.apha.org.uk
The area for which the Department is responsible includes the main port of Douglas, and the various other sea ports around the island such as Ramsey, Peel, Castletown, Port St. Mary and Port Erin and also Ronaldsway Airport.
For further information on Port Health, please contact the Food Safety Unit on 01624 685894.
The Isle of Man's Territorial Waters extend to 12 miles out from the island’s coastline. Within these waters there are many shellfish beds and the Department is responsible for ensuring that all shellfish harvested from these waters are safe to eat in order to prevent illness. Shellfish movement documents are issued to fishermen on request provided the Department is satisfied that safeguards will be met with regard to their treatment before sale.
Frequent samples of shellfish are obtained using the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture’s Fishery Protection vessel, “Barrule,” and also from the various shellfish processors, in order to establish that the shellfish are free from dangerous toxins such as Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP). The table at the bottom of this page provides sets of results from ASP samples taken from shellfish in Isle of Man Territorial Waters since January 2006.
For further information on shellfish, please contact the Food Safety Unit on 01624 685894.