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Human waste containment requirements for vessels – Questions and answers

Under the Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP), the Government of Canada implements controls to verify that only shellfish that meet food safety standards reach domestic and international markets. Section 9.2.2 of the CSSP manual requires measures to be in place to prevent contamination of shellfish by human waste from shellfish harvesting, handling and/or aquaculture vessels.

The information below can be used by shellfish processors and harvesters to support on-board human waste containment measures.

Why is it important to control human waste discharge from shellfish harvesting and maintenance vessels?

What are the requirements for human waste containment receptacles on harvesting and maintenance vessels?

What does the Government of Canada recommend shellfish harvesters do to prevent human waste from contaminating shellfish areas?

What is a dedicated human waste containment receptacle?

A dedicated human waste containment receptacle is any container with a tight fitting lid that is used only for storing human waste. Some examples of human waste containment receptacles could include a fixed toilet with a holding tank, a portable toilet, or even a bucket with a tight fitting lid made from an impervious, cleanable material.

How can shellfish processors ensure that all shellfish purchased are safe and harvested using good sanitary practices?

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