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Shellfish Distribution Program

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The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Environmental Health Section participates in the National Shellfish Sanitation Program.The main objective of this program is to promote and improve the sanitation of shellfish in interstate commerce through dealer certification.

    The State of Nevada, Shellfish Certification Program is responsible for inspection and regulation of the shellfish industry within the state. In 1999 the State of Nevada adopted by reference the National Shellfish Sanitation Program’s, Model Ordinance. The Model Ordinance outlines the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s requirements for shellfish harvesters, processors, shippers and wholesalers who business involves providing clams, mussels, oysters, and in some forms, scallops, across state lines. Specifically, the Model Ordinance lists in detail the requirements for providing a safe, wholesome product for public consumption.

    • The Shellfish Model Ordinance DOES NOT INCLUDE crawfish.

    As used in this section, “plan for analyzing the hazards of critical control points,” commonly known as an “HACCP plan,” means a written document created by a food establishment that sets forth the formal procedures for following the principles of the “Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point System,” developed by the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods and available from the United States Department of Agriculture, 1255 22nd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20250-3700.


      As of January 7, 2016 Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health has an on-line application and payment system for Shellfish Distributors. See the link below to access the new system.

      PLEASE NOTE: For optimal use of the Online Licensing System, we recommend using Internet Explorer 9-11, Safari 5.0 and Firefox 26-40. Please do NOT use Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.

        This system may not be compatible with phones and tablets, for best results use a desktop or laptop computer.



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            Environmental Health Section
            727 Fairview Drive, STE. D
            Carson City. NV 89701
            Phone: (775) 687-7533
            Fax: (775) 687-7551

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            Last Updated: 4/4/2017