5 more sacks of suspected contaminated shellfish shipment seized in Dagupan

March 14, 2012 9:43 am 

DAGUPAN CITY, March 14 — Authorities again foiled a renewed attempt to smuggle contaminated shellfish shipment into Dagupan when five more sacks of oysters and mussels were intercepted by them last Tuesday.

City Agriculture Officer Emma Molina confirmed this was seized by personnel of her office as there were suspicion the shipment again came from western Pangasinan where the shellfish ban is still on.

There were already 132 sacks of shellfishes, composed of oysters, mussels and a bivalve called "batutoy" that were already seized in Dagupan, all believed to be contaminated by Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) or red tide.

Molina said her office is continuously monitoring 24/7 the fish market of Dagupan to ensure that no contaminated shellfishes are brought in as the shellfish ban in Anda, Alaminos, Bani and Bolinao is still on.

It was learned that the shipper presented an auxiliary invoice that tended to show the five sacks of oysters and mussels came from Navotas, Metro Manila.

But these were seized anyway because the auxiliary voucher contained conflicting entries, like the date on when these shellfishes were sourced out from the fishport in Navotas.

Molina said her office continues to monitor shellfishes arriving in Dagupan as there was no announcement that the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) already lifted its bulletin imposing the ban on gathering, shipment, selling and eating shellfishes coming from Anda Alaminos, Bani and Bolinao.

Only oysters produced in Dagupan which are not contaminated by HAB are allowed to be sold in the local fish market. (PNA)

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