Smooth clams

Callista chione

Smooth clams

  • Scientific name: Callista chione
  • Sales name: Fasolari

The smooth clam is a bivalve mollusc that lives on sandy seabeds; it is equipped with an oval shell, made up of two valves that are approximately the same size. The shell is thick, shiny and textured with very thin concentric stripes, and has a reddish-brown, pink-brown colour. Internally it is whitish, shiny, with smooth edges and has a consistency that makes it similar to porcelain. This bivalve has a sturdy foot that allows it to bury itself in the sand. The smooth clam can measure up to 8 cm, but smaller specimens are commonly found. It lives in sandy bottoms; in the upper Adriatic it is fished on coarse sandy bottoms several miles from the coast, at depths varying between 12 and 20 m. They are fished with the rake and with the turbo blower modified to be able to work at greater depths than when fishing for clams.

Technical details
Origin Croatia, Italy
Fishing season fishing is done all year round
Fishing gear rake and turbo blower
Packaging fishing net 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 5, 15 kg
Storage temperature between +2° and +6° C for live and viable product.
Microbiological and Biotoxicological Values

Chemical parameters provided for by Reg. (EC) 1881/06

Lead 1.5 mg/kg fresh weight
Cadmium 1 mg/kg fresh weight
Mercury 0.5 mg/kg fresh weight

Biotoxicological parameters provided for by Reg. (EC) 853/04

PSP (Paralytic Shellfish Poison) 800 µg/kg
ASP (Amnesic Shellfish Poison) 20 mg/kg of Domoic acid
Ac. Okadaico, dinophysis toxins and pectenotoxins 160 µg of Okadaic acid equivalents/kg
Yessotoxins 1 mg of Yessotoxins equivalents/kg
Azaspiracids 160 µg Azaspiracid equivalents/kg

Microbiological parameters provided for by Reg. (EC) 2073/05:

E. coli n=5 c=1 m=230 MPN/100g M=700 MPN/100g
Salmonella absent in 25 g
Organoleptic Properties

Odour: characteristic marine
Appearance: regular without epibonds
Colour: shiny brown-pink
Taste: delicate and sweetish marine flavor

Nutritional Values (per 100 grams of product)*

Valore energetico: 72 kcal
Proteins: 8.57 g
Carbohydrates: 0 g
Fats: 0.47 g
*Bibliographic values

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