The Prefecture of Hérault has decided to temporarily suspend the sale of shellfish from the Étang de Thau, saying the seafood is ‘improper for human consumption’.
“Surveillance and study of the shellfish production zones in the Étang de Thau by Ifremer has confirmed microbiological results that the produce does not conform to human consumption standards,” writes the prefecture in an official statement. “In accordance with [the advice of] professionals, the Prefecture of Hérault has decided to temporarily suspend the harvest and sale of oysters, mussels and clams from this area.”
The prefecture also asked anyone who has bought shellfish from the Étang de Thau recently to return their goods to the point of sale. However, all shellfish harvested before 17th October has been given the OK.
According to the prefecture, the ban will be lifted as soon as test results are fully satisfactory.