MEDIA RELEASE 16 February 2009
Health Warning: Bacteria found in Shellfish on Papamoa Coastline
The results of Tauranga City Council routine sampling indicate bacterial contamination of
shellfish along the Papamoa Coast.
Toi Te Ora – Public Health has therefore issued a health warning advising against
gathering or eating shellfish on the Papamoa coastline from the Pacific View Road
beach access point to Papamoa Domain at Domain Road. Eating shellfish from this area
could result in infection such as gastro-enteritis.
The health warning applies to all bivalve shellfish such as mussels, toheroa, pipi, tuatua,
cockles, oysters, scallops, as well as catseyes or pupu and kina (sea urchin). The gut of
paua, crayfish and crabs taken from this area should be removed before cooking.
It is likely contamination found in the shellfish is from sources such as stormwater and
rural runoff, leaky sewer pipes, septic tanks and inadequately treated sewage
discharges, particularly after heavy rainfall.
“Eating contaminated shellfish can lead to a number of infections such as gastro-
enteritis caused by E. coli, Campylobacter, Salmonella, Giardia, Cryptosporidium and
viral gastro-enteritis”, says Bay of Plenty and Lakes Medical Officer of Health, Dr Jim
Tauranga City Council is erecting signage at the main access points and will continue to
monitor the situation and any changes will be advised.
Any health enquiries should be directed to Toi Te Ora – Public Health and all other
enquiries regarding the situation should be directed to Tauranga City Council.
For more information or comment:
Michelle Elborn Dr Jim Miller
Education for Sustainability Coordinator Medical Officer of Health
Tauranga City Council Toi Te Ora – Public Health
07 577 7363 or 027 671 6518 07 577 3789 or 021 223 2753
Toi Te Ora - Public Health provides health protection and promotion programmes aimed at
supporting groups and communities to improve and sustain health.
We serve the greater Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts.