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Brussels says mussels must rest

Shellfish (especially mussels and oysters) must be given rest breaks and stress-relieving showers during journeys of over 50 km.

The Times, 29 January 1996, p7
Daily Telegraph, 29 January 1996, p1
Daily Mail, 29 January 1996, pp3 and 8
Evening Standard, 29 January 1996, pp9 and 13
The Sun, 30 January 1996, p17
Daily Telegraph, 30 January 1996, p19
Daily Express, 30 January 1996, p9

Shellfish are not and were never included in requirements for watering, journey times and resting periods.

It is true that widespread public concern as to the transport of animals is reflected in EU rules. A Directive on the protection of animals during transport does cover, amongst certain other species, shellfish in transit but only by requiring, in general terms, treatment appropriate to the species concerned. These rules ensure that shellfish arrive at their destination in good condition and fit for human consumption.

Provisions relating to such things as journey times, watering and rest periods refer specifically to cattle, sheep and the like.