- Always keep the mussels chilled
- When handling bags be careful not to throw or drop them
- Do not expose uncovered mussels to lights, e.g. in a display chill
- Do not immerse the mussels in tap water
- Do not keep the mussels in an airtight atmosphere e.g. a plastic bag or sealed container
- Discard any broken mussels and those which fail to close when the shell is tapped
- Remove the beards and rinse the mussels in cold water just before cooking.