Toxic shell­fish warn­ing at the Port

Franklin County News - - OUT & ABOUT -

If you were plan­ning on gath­er­ing kaimoana on the west Waikato coast this week, think again.

Par­a­lytic tox­ins in shell­fish there are above safe lev­els, and can cause dif­fi­culty swal­low­ing or breath­ing, nau­sea, or paral­y­sis and res­pi­ra­tory fail­ure.

A Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries (MPI) warn­ing is­sued on Fri­day stretches from Port Waikato down to Pa­panui Point, just south of Raglan Har­bour.

Raglan Har­bour is in­cluded un­der the warn­ing.

Par­a­lytic shell­fish tox­ins aren’t killed by cook­ing the shell­fish, an MPI state­ment said.

The warn­ing af­fects mus­sels, oys­ters, tu­atua, pipi, to­heroa, cock­les, scal­lops, cat­seyes, kina (sea urchin) and all other bi­valve shell­fish.

But, if the gut is com­pletely re­moved be­fore cook­ing, it is still safe to eat paua, crab and cray­fish.

If they are cooked with the gut in, the meat can be con­tam­i­nated dur­ing cook­ing.

The symp­toms of par­a­lytic shell­fish poi­son­ing include numb­ness and tin­gling around the mouth, face, hands, and feet, MPI said.

They can also include dif­fi­culty swal­low­ing or breath­ing, nau­sea, or paral­y­sis and res­pi­ra­tory fail­ure. Symp­toms gen­er­ally ap­pear be­tween 10 min­utes and three hours af­ter the shell­fish have been eaten.

There will be on­go­ing test­ing of shell­fish, MPI said, and up­dates on any changes.

If some­one gets sick af­ter eat­ing shell­fish from the area cov­ered by the warn­ing, MPI ad­vises to seek med­i­cal at­ten­tion im­me­di­ately.

They should also ad­vise the near­est pub­lic health unit and

From chem­i­cals called the sax­i­tox­ins and gonyau­tox­ins. Symp­toms: Typ­i­cally ap­pear 10 min­utes to 3 hours af­ter in­ges­tion. Symp­toms may include numb­ness and a tin­gling (prickly feel­ing) around the mouth, face, and ex­trem­i­ties (hands and feet), dif­fi­culty swal­low­ing or breath­ing, dizzi­ness, headache, nau­sea, vom­it­ing, di­ar­rhoea, paral­y­sis and res­pi­ra­tory fail­ure and in se­vere cases, death. Source: MPI keep any left­over shell­fish for test­ing.

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