Raw mussels off the menu

The presence of Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria, which occur naturally in estuarine environments and grow in number during the warmer months, led to a warning from New Zealand Food Safety on Mar 24 for residents to ensure raw mussels are cooked thoroughly before consuming them - above 65 degrees Celsius for one minute. The agency said that in the last two years, there had been between four and 14 cases during the first quarter, this year there were 22. Read more

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