Baltic Marine Environment
Protection Commission

Contaminants in Seafood

General Information

NOTE: This programme topic is under development.

General information on monitoring of contaminants in biota can be retrieved from the programme topic Concentration of contaminants.

Currently, there is no monitoring programme for contaminants in seafood. However, monitoring of contaminants in biota has been conducted in HELCOM monitoring programmes, which also include species that are used for food consumption. There are European regulations for sampling and analyzing contaminants in food. Sampling arrangements within countries may differ, e.g. size range for seafood sampling may differ from environmental monitoring. The analyzed matrix, analysis methods and quality standards used for food consumption analyses are not identical to environmental quality standards.