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Warning for Bay of Islands shellfish

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/02/2017

Residents and visitors to the Bay of Islands are warned not to eat or collect shellfish due to elevated toxin levels.

Anyone eating shellfish collected between Cape Brett and Cape Wiwiki is at risk of illness.

The Ministry of Primary Industries says routine tests of shellfish in the area showed paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins above safe levels.

Shellfish gathered within the last five days can also cause illness with symptoms typically appearing between 10 minutes and three hours after eating

Affected Shellfish include mussels, oysters, tuatua, pipi, toheroa, cockles, scallops, catseyes, kina (sea urchin) and all other bivalve shellfish.

Paua, crab and crayfish may still be eaten if the gut has been completely removed prior to cooking, as toxins accumulate in the gut.

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