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Eastern Bay shellfish back on menu

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The latest test results show shellfish in the Eastern Bay of Plenty are clear of marine algal toxins and are once again safe to eat.

The Ministry for Primary Industries has lifted the health warning advising the public not to collect or consume shellfish in the eastern Bay of Plenty region.

Test results of extensive sampling along the stretch of coastline show that Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning toxins are within the safe limit 0.8mg/kg set by MPI.

Ongoing testing will continue and any changes will be communicated accordingly.

Shellfish are now safe to consume. Warning signs will be taken down as soon as practicable.

The affected area included all the coastline between Cape Runaway and the Tarawera River mouth near Matata.

The warning included Ohiwa Harbour and its oyster farms.

The ban included mussels, oysters, tuatua, pipi, toheroa, cockles, scallops, catseyes, kina (sea urchin) and all other bivalve shellfish.

The public are reminded to check the MPI website for biotoxin warnings before gathering shellfish and to follow the MPI advice linked below on safe seafood harvesting.

If anyone becomes ill after eating shellfish, phone Healthline for advice on 0800 61 11 16, or seek medical attention immediately. You are also advised to contact your nearest public health unit and keep any leftover shellfish for testing.

Monitoring of toxin levels will continue and any changes will be communicated accordingly.

Comments on SunLive

Maybe I'm a conspiracy theorist but

Posted on 31-01-2017 22:42 | By Tgaboy

I always considered the ban was more about keeping local mussel beds from being raped over summer months.
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