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Canadian Shellfish Sanitation program – Manual of Operations
Amendment Register

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No. Date Chapter/Subject Amended
4 January 2018
  • Chapter 13 - Outbreaks of shellfish-related illness (New)
    New guidance for responding to illnesses linked to bivalve shellfish consumption.
3 July 2016
  • Chapter 4 - Clarify the requirements for human waste containment on vessels and its application to all vessels during harvesting or aquaculture maintenance activities within 3 nautical miles of shore.

    Appendix H of the Facilities Inspection Manual on guidelines for "Effective HACCP Controls for Molluscan Shellfish Processing Establishments" has also been revised to include guidance on the HACCP controls for human waste containment.

2 July 2013
  • Definitions - A new definition for "marginally contaminated areas" has been added. The definition of "closed status" has been updated to reflect the potential for harvesting in closed areas, provided specific requirements are met. The various definitions for "Relay" and "depuration" have been updated as a result of these changes. The definition for "Scheduled purification process" has been removed as it is no longer used in the manual. (Version 2 )
  • Chapter 2 - Information has been added regarding harvesting in conditional areas while in the closed status (section 2.3.3 and 2.3.5). Details have been included about re-classification of conditionally classified areas when a conditional management plan (CMP) cannot be implemented (sections 2.3.3 and 2.3.5). Sections 2.3.6, prohibited classification, has been revised to reflect guidance from Health Canada on managing the risk of viruses associated with waste water treatment plants. (Version 2)
  • Chapter 10 - The chapter has been updated to consistently use the term "validation" with respect to depuration and relay processes. The minimum depuration time has been changed to 44 hours (from 48), provided that the process has been validated. Information in Section 10.2.4 has been removed pending an update to the requirements for laboratories housed within registered establishments. In section 10.2.5, text has been added to allow for approved area shellfish and shellfish destined for depuration to be transported together, provided QMP controls are in place. Text has been revised in Section 10.4.1 to reflect the potential for harvesting in areas in the closed status, as per the definition. (Version 3)
  • Appendix 9 - The protocol for the Management of a Conditional Area has been updated to reflect the new wording in Chapter 2 regarding the classification of conditional areas when a conditional management plan (CMP) cannot be implemented. (Version 2)
1 18 June 2012
  • Definitions - Revision to the definition of wet storage to provide clarification on the use of the word temporary. A time frame of less than 60 days has been added. (Version 3)
  • Chapter 11 - Provides additional guidance for making any significant changes to area/regional/district marine biotoxin control plans (11.4) (Version 2)
  • Appendix 3 - Changes to come in line with CFIA's move of focus from sampling in harvest areas to sampling at registered molluscan shellfish processing establishments. Text in Appendix III and flow chart have been updated to incorporate testing for Salmonella into the procedures. (Version 2)
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