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Shellfish back on the menu

Paralytic shellfish biotoxins are now at safe to eat levels. Photo: Supplied.

Tuatua from the beach and mussels from the rocks along the coast are back on the menu following the removal today of shellfish biotoxin warnings.

The biotoxin warning first posted on November 2 and extended during the month to include the eastern and western Bay of Plenty, as routine tests on shellfish samples taken from sites in the region found levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning toxins above the safe limit of 0.8 mg/kg set by MPI.

Shellfish biotoxin warnings were also removed today from the Northland West coast as recent water and shellfish sampling for algae and their toxins has shown that shellfish are now safe to eat.

There are now no warnings in place for the whole of New Zealand. Warning signs will be taken down over the coming days.

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