The Ille-et-Vilaine prefecture announced on Wednesday evening, January 15, the lifting of the ban on shellfish collection in the Breton sector of Mont-Saint-Michel bay.
All shellfish from two coastal areas of this department had been the subject of a health ban on January 3 “Due to virus contamination of oysters”, the human-transmitted gastroenteritis norovirus.
No new warning signal
This ban was lifted on January 9 for the Hirel shellfish growing zone (n ° 35-11) and “The prohibition will also be for the bay area of Mont Saint-Michel shore (n ° 35-06) from January 16, 2020”, said the prefecture in a press release.
“In the absence of a new warning signal justifying the maintenance of the sanitary closure”, the lifting of the ban concerns both the production of oysters and mussels as well as shellfish harvesters, as well as the shipping and marketing of shellfish.
About 20 shellfish production sites, including oysters, from Normandy to Hérault, have been subject to prefectural health closure orders in recent weeks due to norovirus contamination. The closure occurred during the holiday season, a period when these companies make a significant part of their annual turnover, causing them significant harm.