Data describing the distribution of diarrhetic shellfish poisoning toxins in 13 consignments of Danish-produced blue mussels are reported. The content of diarrhetic shellfish poisoning toxins was measured by a liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry detection method, and mean levels in the 13 consignments varied from 58 to 243 mug kg(-1) . The distributions of diarrhetic shellfish poisoning toxins in the consignments were relatively homogenous as the relative standard deviation of the content varied from 7 to 19%. The results are discussed in relation to food safety, the uncertainty of sampling and analysis, and the newly introduced European Union maximum levels of marine biotoxins in seafood products.
Food Additives and Contaminants, 2004, Vol 21, Issue 4, p. 341-347
distribution of contamination; blue mussel; sampling; food safety; liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry detection (LC/MS/MS); diarrhetic shellfish poisoning toxins