15A NCAC 18A .0709 DEPURATION ‑ SHELLFISH MEAT STANDARDS
Shellfish shall not be released for sale if the geometric mean of the fecal coliform MPN of the treated shellfish samples exceeds 20 per 100 grams of sample, or if more than 10 percent of the samples exceed a fecal coliform MPN of 70 per 100 grams of sample, or if any sample fecal coliform MPN exceeds 100 per 100 grams of sample.
(1) The use of the Elevated Temperature Coliform Plate Count is authorized for the bacteriological evaluation of hard clams, Mercenaria species, and soft clam, Mya arenaria.
(2) Should the Division suspect adulteration of shellfish by metallic ions and compounds, pesticides, detergents, radionuclides, marine toxins, or any toxic substance or adulterate, the Division shall require that shellfish meats be analyzed for these adulterants before suspect shellfish are released for sale.
History Note: Authority G.A. 130A‑230;
Eff. February 1, 1987.