11 Feb 2009

North Island shellfish warning lifted

2:45 pm on 11 February 2009

A health warning about toxins in shellfish along a large section of the North Island's east coast has been lifted.

The warning had been in place since 24 December for the Coromandel and Bay of Plenty coastlines from Tairua in the north to the mouth of the Motu River.

Bay of Plenty medical officer of health Jim Miller said routine sampling indicates the levels of shellfish poison are now within safe limits.

He said people are now free to collect shellfish from anywhere along the Bay of Plenty coastline.

Shellfish and water samples will continue to be monitored.