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Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP)

The Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP) is a federal food safety program jointly administered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). The goal of the program is to minimize the health risks associated with the consumption of contaminated bivalve molluscan shellfish such as mussels, oysters and clams.

Under the CSSP, the Government of Canada implements controls to verify that only shellfish that meet food safety and quality standards reach domestic and international markets.

Roles and responsibilities

Canadian Food Inspection Agency:

Environment and Climate Change Canada:

Fisheries and Oceans Canada:

Health Canada:

Shellfish harvest area openings and closures

Fisheries and Oceans Canada communicates shellfish harvest area closures through:

Reference material – consumers

Reference material – industry

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