Requirements for wholesale dealers and wholesale trucks that handle shellfish to comply with 105 CMR 500.021

Effective Date: September 23, 2016

Section 105 CMR 500.021(A) of the Department of Public Health regulation, Good Manufacturing Practices for Food, reads as follows:

“Requirements for wholesale dealers and wholesale trucks that handle shellfish shall be established as administrative guidelines by the Department, based on the National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP) Model Ordinance (NSSP Model Ordinance), published by the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference. All wholesale dealers and wholesale trucks that handle shellfish shall comply with the administrative guidelines.”

For the purposes of 105 CMR 500.021(A), the administrative guidelines established by the Department shall be the following sections of the National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP) Guide for the Control of Molluscan Shellfish 2015 Revision as published by the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference:

  • Section I, Purpose and Definitions
  • Section II, Model Ordinance:
    • Chapters I and II in their entirety
    • Chapter VII., @.01, .01 - .02, and .04
    • Chapter VIII., .02
    • Chapters IX through XVI in their entirety

The entire Guide for the Control of Molluscan Shellfish 2015 Revision is available at: https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FederalStateFoodPrograms/UCM505093.pdf.  Please note that only the aforementioned sections are adopted as administrative guidelines pursuant to 105 CMR 500.021(A).


This information is provided by the Food Protection Program within the Department of Public Health.