Oyster lovers rejoice and let the shucking of the local shells begin.
Vancouver Coastal Health has lifted a ban on raw BC oysters in place since August 12th.
Head of the BC Shellfish Growers Association Roberta Stevenson, says members of her organisation are breathing a big sigh of relief.
But Stevenson says she’s frustrated with how the health region handled the ban, calling the move “draconian”.
“It did a lot of damage to our brand,” Stevenson says.
“It did a lot of damage to the confidence the public has in our product and we have to recover that confidence quickly here cause it’s not fun to be considered unsafe,” she says.
Stevenson says there are a lot of unanswered questions.
“We still don’t know where the illnesses came from and we need to get to the bottom of this so that it not only doesn’t happen again but also so that blame lies with the appropriate location.”
Stevenson says no other regions in the province put in bans until after Coastal Health did, an infection that increases during heat waves was behind the concern.
She says the association is working with various health agencies to ensure this doesn’t happen again.