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Hong Kong lifts B.C. geoduck import ban

Hong Kong has lifted its import ban on B.C. geoducks.

The Hong Kong Centre for Food Safety announced the ban has been lifted immediately in a press release.

B.C. geoduck imports were banned in Hong Kong after the discovery of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxin, PSP, in live geoducks last December.

A CFS spokesman says the import ban was lifted after working closely with Canadian authorities and the implementation of surveillance programs.

Michelle James of the Underwater Harvesters Association says it’s good news for the industry, which had been struggling because of the ban.

James says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is now testing geoducks regularly for PSP.

B.C. exported $47 million worth of geoducks in 2014.

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