Friday 2 May 2014
Further to Tuesday’s alert of a suspected case of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) at Waiheke Island’s Onetangi Beach, test results conducted by the Ministry for Primary Industries have come back negative for PSP toxin.
Shellfish and seawater samples around New Zealand are tested by MPI each week to ensure they are not contaminated with biotoxin from algae blooms. The public will be alerted should any biotoxins be detected.
For media enquiries contact:
Mike Heine, Media Coordinator
021 243 2421
For public enquiries, including after hours, contact:
Auckland Regional Public Health Service – (09) 623 4600
For more information:
ARPHS webpage on shellfish, including fact sheet: www.arphs.govt.nz/health-information/healthy-environments/shellfish
Current marine biotoxins alerts in place: http://www.foodsmart.govt.nz/food-safety/hunting-collecting-fishing/seafood-gatherers