Wednesday, January 14, 2015

OPAG warns public on eating shellfishes, shrimps, and crabs

Lingayen- - -The Provincial Agriculture Office led by its officer-in-charge Dolly Moya has recently warned the public to refrain from eating shellfishes, shrimp and crabs that are gathered or harvested from the seawaters of Bolinao, Anda, Bani towns and Alaminos City as said areas are found positive of red tide toxin.
Moya in a letter addressed to all local government unit heads on January 8 has requested the mayors to require their market supervisors, quarantine officers and market administrators to demand “auxiliary invoice” or clearance for domestic fish movement from transporters or dealers of fish and seashells to ensure that the commodities are safe from paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP).
The agriculture officer said that based on the latest shellfish bulletin issued by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), shellfishes collected at the coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate are also found positive of the toxin beyond the regulatory limit along with some areas in Bataan to include Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay, and Samal.
On the other hand, Moya said fishes harvested from the affected areas are safe for human consumption provided they are thoroughly washed and their internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.

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