BFAR confirms red tide toxin contamination in Bolinao, Anda, Bani and Alaminos

December 6, 2014 4:19 am 

DAGUPAN CITY, Dec. 5 — Shellfish samples collected from the waters of Bolinao, Anda, Bolinao and Barangay Wawa, Bani in Pangasinan were officially confirmed to be found positive for red tide, an organism than can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP).

This was the result of the laboratory analysis conducted by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Manila on samples submitted by the BFAR regional office, two days after a woman died and 25 other persons from Bolinao town were hospitalized after eating mussels believed infected with red tide.

Because of this development, the public is hereby advised to refrain from gathering, transporting, marketing and eating shellfishes such as mussels, oysters and others coming from the affected areas.

Wawa, Bani was in the list in previous BFAR advisory where coastal water was confirmed to have been infected by red tide. In that advisory, Bolinao and Anda were still nowhere in the list.

This means the result of laboratory analysis came only after one woman from Bolinao died and 25 others were hospitalized.

The inclusion of Alaminos City in the list appears quite strange after BFAR lifted its shellfish ban in the area sometime in the last week of November.

Local Government Units (LGUs) like Dagupan City have tightened their red tide watch along the highways by strictly requiring shippers to produce their auxiliary invoices issued by Municipal Agriculture Officers (MOA) in the areas of source.

Emma Molina, Dagupan city agriculture officer, said the auxiliary invoice will assure where the shipment of shellfishes are coming from and if these came from western Pangasinan, will be denied entry in Dagupan outright. (PNA)

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