Transfer Deal with International Organization Promotes Global Shellfish Safety
After more than a decade of informal collaboration, NOAA scientists in Charleston will meet with representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency from March 23-26 to initiate a formal agreement to provide an isotopic algal toxin detection method to countries with seafood safety concerns.
Large-scale regional projects in Southeast Asia and Africa have proven highly successful and now the atomic agency seeks a formal agreement with NOAA. The toxin assay simplifies cumbersome analytical methods in shellfish testing currently employed around the world, thereby safeguarding consumers and promoting shellfish aquaculture. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration works with NOAA to support this effort.
Transferring NOAA-developed technology enhances other countries’ abilities to protect public health while realizing the economic benefits of expanding shellfish harvests.