Recall issued for shellfish test kits

Posted: Sunday, July 29, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- A new kit designed to test for paralytic shellfish poisoning is being recalled after the first batch of the kits experienced problems, said an official with the state science and technology foundation.

About 2,000 of the ''Mist Alert'' kits, developed by Jellett Biotek Ltd. and the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation, were distributed earlier this year to shellfish farms and other organizations.

Bob Chaney, with the ASTF, said some of the kits in the first lot to be distributed to test littleneck clams in the Southeast gave false results.

The kits are designed to test the toxic levels that concentrate in clams, mussels, geoducks, oysters, snails and scallops. Paralytic shellfish poisoning can be fatal.

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