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Fate of paralytic shellfish toxins in southern rock lobster (Jasus edwardsii) during cooking: concentration, composition, and distribution


Turnbull, A and Malhi, N and Tan, J and Harwood, DT and Madigan, T, Fate of paralytic shellfish toxins in southern rock lobster (Jasus edwardsii) during cooking: concentration, composition, and distribution, Journal of Food Protection, 81, (2) pp. 240-245. ISSN 0362-028X (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-17-280


Paralytic shellfish toxin (PST) producing microalgal blooms have a significant economic impact on the Southern Rock Lobster (Jasus edwardsii) fishery in Tasmania, Australia. The regulatory level of 0.8 mg of saxitoxin (STX) eq/kg in place for bivalve shellfish fisheries is applied to lobster hepatopancreas during blooms of toxic algae, resulting in harvest closures and ongoing risk management implications for the fishery. This cooking study was undertaken to inform a human health risk assessment, in conjunction with studies on the uptake and elimination of PST in J. edwardsii. Live lobsters in tanks were contaminated through consumption of PST-containing mussels harvested during an Alexandrium tamarense Group 1 bloom event. This resulted in a mean lobster hepatopancreas level of 2.83 ± 0.84 mg of STX·2HCl eq/kg. Other edible tissues contained negligible concentrations of toxin. PST concentrations in all tissues did not significantly change after boiling or steaming, although the amount of hepatopancreas available for consumption did decrease significantly with both cooking methods, because the tissue became more dispersed, resulting in an overall reduction in the toxin exposure per hepatopancreas consumed. The toxin profile was dominated by STX; gonyautoxin 2, 3; N-sulfocarbamoyl-gonyautoxin 2, 3 (C1,2); and gonyautoxin 5. No significant changes to the toxin profile were observed after either of the cooking methods. Pâté, bisque, and soufflé prepared from the hepatopancreas of toxic lobsters contained negligible levels of PST in each serving; on average, a serving of pâté contained 0.01 mg of STX·2HCl eq, whereas a serving of bisque or soufflé contained <0.01 mg of STX·2HCl eq. The findings of this study will inform a risk assessment of PST in J. edwardsii to determine risk management options for this fishery in Australia.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:boil, crustacean, hepatopancreas, marine biotoxin, steam
Research Division:Chemical Sciences
Research Group:Organic chemistry
Research Field:Natural products and bioactive compounds
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Wild caught rock lobster
UTAS Author:Turnbull, A (Dr Alison Turnbull)
ID Code:139443
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2020-06-16
Last Modified:2022-08-19

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