Agriculture office warns public from eating shellfishes from western Pangasinan

January 15, 2015 2:05 am 

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Jan. 14 – The Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) has warned the public to still refrain from eating shellfishes, including shrimp and crabs gathered or harvested from the seawaters of Bolinao, Anda, Bani which remained positive of red tide toxin

A letter of Dalisay Moya, CAO officer-in-charge, addressed to all local government units on Jan. 8 requested town and city 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.

This is 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 from the coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate were 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 assured that 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 they are cooked. (PNA)

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