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Public health warning in New Zealand: Shellfish biotoxin warning for Marlborough

Published Apr 25, 2024

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New Zealand Food Safety has issued a public health warning advising against the collection and consumption of shellfish from the inner Queen Charlotte Sound and nearby Collingwood in Golden Bay due to high levels of paralytic shellfish toxins. Routine tests have shown that mussels from the Waikawa area have toxin levels three times higher than the safe limit. The warning applies to bivalve shellfish such as mussels, oysters, tuatua, pipi, toheroa, cockles, scallops, pūpū, Cook’s turban, and kina, and is in effect from Anakiwa to West Head and Dieffenbach Point. The public is reminded that cooking these shellfish does not remove the toxin. There is no impact on finfish. In response to this, commercial harvesting has ceased, and the public is warned of the potential for shellfish gathered from the shore to contain elevated toxin levels. The article also outlines symptoms of paralytic shellfish poisoning and provides contact information for health-related queries. The agency will continue monitoring the situation and maintaining strict safety measures for commercially harvested shellfish.
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New Zealand Food Safety is advising the public not to collect or consume shellfish gathered from the inner Queen Charlotte Sound, as well as near Collingwood in Golden Bay, due to the presence of high levels of paralytic shellfish toxins. Routine tests on mussels from near Waikawa have shown levels of paralytic shellfish toxins 3 times higher than the safe limit. The warning extends from Anakiwa, out to West Head and Dieffenbach Point. In addition to the Queen Charlotte Sound warning, the levels of paralytic shellfish toxins in mussels farmed near Collingwood have risen in recent weeks and are nearly at the safe limit. Commercial harvesting from the mussel farms have stopped and the public are warned that shellfish gathered from the shore could also have elevated levels of toxins. See the map of the warning for Marlborough "Please do not gather and eat shellfish from these areas because anyone doing so could get sick," says New Zealand Food Safety deputy director-general Vincent ...
Source: Mpi
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