Covid-19 is primarily a respiratory illness, but the virus causing the illness may also be present in the faeces of infected people and therefore wastewater. Bivalve molluscs are marine organisms captured or cultivated for food purposes; whose natural feeding behaviour create particular risks of accumulation of human faecal viruses present the aquatic environment. This qualitative risk assessment carried out by the FSAI addressed the question: what is the magnitude of the risk if any, of contracting COVID-19 through consumption of bivalve molluscs produced in Ireland?

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