MEDIA RELEASES

Lifting of Public Health Warning: Marine Biotoxin in Shellfish - Kaipara Harbour and West Coast

Northland District Health Board’s Public Health Unit advises the public that monitoring of shellfish samples from the Kaipara Harbour and West Coast has shown a reduction in the levels of toxin that can cause PSP (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) to below regulatory levels.

The public are therefore advised that the warning against taking shellfish from the Kaipara Harbour and the coast northwards to Maunganui Bluff has now been lifted.

The public is reminded that if in doubt about the safety of shellfish they have previously gathered from the above area, they should contact the Public Health Unit and anyone who becomes ill after eating shellfish should consult their doctor.

The NDHB will continue to monitor the situation and advise of any changes.

Members of the public with queries about this information or shellfish safety should call:

Whangarei Hospital 09 4304100 and request the on call Health Protection Officer, or call Elizabeth Watts, Shellfish Coordinator for Northland on 09 43404101 ext 7852.

Further information is also available on the following website:  http://www.foodsmart.govt.nz/food-safety/hunting-collecting-fishing/seafood-gatherers/

 Dr Jonathon Jarman
Medical Officer of Health