Shellfish from 7 areas in PH unsafe to eat; click to find out locations

Published March 31, 2021, 2:12 PM

by Betheena Kae Unite

Consumers were warned against the consumption of shellfish collected from at least seven locations in the country after their coastal waters remained positive for paralytic shellfish poison (PSP).

Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) (MANILA BULLETIN)
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)

The affected areas are the coastal waters of Inner Malampaya Sound in Taytay, Palawan; Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol; Tambobo Bay in Siaton, Negros Oriental; Calubian and Cancabato Bay in Tacloban City, Leyte; Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; Balite Bay in Mati City, Davao Oriental; and Lianga Bay and the coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur.

Shellfish collected from these waters are still positive for PSP that is beyond the regulatory limit, according to the latest laboratory results coming from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and local government units.

BFAR cautioned the public that all types of shellfish and “alamang” gathered from the affected coastal areas were “not safe for human consumption.”

Fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs, however, are safe to eat provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.

Meanwhile, Murcielagos Bay (Sapang Dalaga and Baliangao) and the coastal waters of Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental; and Taguines Lagoon, Benoni, Mahinog, in Camiguin are now free of toxic red tide, the agency said.