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Administrative Guidelines for 105 CMR 500.021(A): Handlers of Shellfish

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

Effective Date: November 23, 2022

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 2019 Revision as published by the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (2019 Guide):

  • Section I, Purpose and Definitions
  • Section II, Model Ordinance:
    • Chapter I excluding @.01, F
    • Chapter II
    • Chapter IV
    • Chapter VII, @.01, .01-.02, and .04
    • Chapter VIII, @.02
    • Chapter IX
    • Chapter X excluding .09, A 
    • Chapters XI through XVI in their entirety

View the entire Guide for the Control of Molluscan Shellfish 2019 Revision. Please note that only the aforementioned sections are adopted as administrative guidelines pursuant to 105 CMR 500.021(A).

Additionally, pursuant to G.L. c. 10 §35YY, and in accordance with the NSSP marine biotoxin control program described in Chapter IV, Section @.04 of the 2019 Guide, the waters of Georges Bank are monitored for the presence of paralytic shellfish toxin. 

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