NEWPORT NEWS - It's again safe to eat shellfish taken from the Poquoson River, Back River and part of the upper James River, the Va. Dept. of Health said in lifting the ban Thursday.

However, the lower portion of the James River and the Lynnhaven River system remain closed to shellfish harvesting.

Health officials say heavy rainfall from Hurricane Sandy may have increased pollution, impacting oysters, clams and other bi-vale mollusks.

They warn eating contaminated shellfish could make you sick.

Spokesman Larry Hill says stores get a tag from the dealer that has a certification number and shows the area where from which they were taken to ensure the shellfish they're buying are safe for the public.

Click here for information on the areas still closed from the Va. Dept. of Health.

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