Bivalve Shellfish Safety Training Courses

Ensuring safer shellfish by supporting the training of seafood purification staff and Environmental Health Officers (EHOs).

The classification of a shellfish production area determines the treatment required before live bivalve molluscs may be sold for food. 

Bivalve shellfish purification (also known as ‘depuration’) relates to the use of a controlled, aquatic environment to reduce low-level contamination by bacteria in live bivalves to a safe, acceptable level for people to eat. Purification is a natural biological process whereby bivalve shellfish purge themselves by filtering sterilised seawater.

Our courses include bivalve purification training courses for seafood businesses and our advanced level bivalve shellfish hygiene verification course for EHOs. 

Our Approved Training Providers offer three training courses on bivalve purification for a range of experience levels. 

Fisherman holding a handful of mussels
Bivalve shellfish usually require purification before they are sold

Bivalve Shellfish Training Courses

Find out more on our bivalve shellfish training courses by following the links below.