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Initial razor clam test results show they’re safe to eat

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Sep. 24, 2010 at 12:39 pm with No Comments »
September 26, 2010 2:05 pm

The first round of two required tests show razor clams on the state’s ocean beaches are safe to eat.

If the clams remain safe to eat, the first dig will start at Twin Harbors beach area Oct. 7-10, with additional dig set for Oct. 8-9 at Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch.

The second round of testing is scheduled for Thursday with results likely available by Oct. 4.

Before any of the five beaches can open for digging, state Department of Healthprotocol requires that all clam samples collected from that beach must test under the action levels of 20 ppm for domoic acid and 80 micrograms/100 grams for PSP. Also. a reading of 38 micrograms/100g is the lowest level of PSP that can be detected.

Here are the initial test results:

Long Beach: Domoic acid, less than 1 ppm; PSP, 53 micrograms/100 grams

Twin Harbors: Domoic acid, 1ppm; PSP, 38 micrograms/100 grams

Copalis: Domoic acid, no detection; PSP, no detection

Mocrocks: Domoic acid, 1 ppm; PSP, less than 38 micrograms/100 grams

Kalaloch: Domoic acid, no detection; PSP, less than 38 micrograms/100 grams

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