Topic outline

This course introduces the technical guidance framework for the development of growing areas for bivalve mollusc sanitation programmes. It describes the potential hazards present with live or raw consumption of bivalve molluscs and provides guidance on the completion of a Growing Area Risk Profile (GARP).

This course addresses the subject matter from a technical perspective. Individuals who would especially benefit from taking the course include:

  • Policy makers
  • Development practitioners and programme managers
  • Sectoral specialists and researchers
  • Bivalve producers
  • Trainers and extension agents

  • The potential hazards associated with the primary production of bivalve molluscs, with emphasis on microbiological risks
  • The role of the responsible authorities and relevant stakeholders as well as the importance of having consistent legal frameworks for the implementation of a programme
  • Documenting conclusions and recommendations for stakeholders on the suitability of an area for a full growing area assessment and future bivalve mollusc production

The course consists of 6 lessons, ranging from approximately 15 to 45 minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1 – Introduction to bivalve mollusc risks and standards
  • Lesson 2 – Area, species and industry characteristics
  • Lesson 3 – Legal framework, responsible authorities and agencies
  • Lesson 4 – Contamination sources, impact and pathogen matrix
  • Lesson 5 – Public health, consumption and intended use data
  • Lesson 6 – Programme resources, conclusions and recommendations

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The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

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      Department for International Development (DFID)