MEDIA RELEASES

Lifting of Public Health Warning: Marine Biotoxin in Shellfish

Lifting of Public Health Warning: Marine Biotoxin in Shellfish – Northland West Coast from Pouto to Mitimiti, North Hokianga

Northland District Health Board’s Public Health Unit advises the public that monitoring of shellfish samples from the Northland West Coast area between (and including) Mitimiti north of the Hokianga harbour, to Pouto at the entrance to Kaipara Harbour  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, issued on 8 December 2015, against taking shellfish from the Northland west coast area from the southern entrance of Whangape Harbour (Tuapeke Point), southwards to Pouto at the entrance to Kaipara harbour (and including Hokianga Harbour), 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. 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.

To subscribe to email updates about shellfish biotoxin warnings please visit the MPI website: http://www.mpi.govt.nz/travel-and-recreation/fishing/shellfish-biotoxin-alerts

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




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