Consumers have been warned against the consumption of shellfish collected from at least six areas in the country, where the coastal waters have remained positive for paralytic shellfish poison (PSP).
The affected areas are the coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol; Tambobo Bay in Siaton, Negros Oriental; coastal waters of Calubian in Leyte; Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; Balite Bay in Mati City, Davao Oriental; and Lianga Bay and coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said that the latest laboratory results indicated that shellfishes collected from the affected areas were “still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.”
All types of shellfish and alamang gathered from the areas are unsafe for human consumption, BFAR added.
However, fishes, squids, shrimps, and crabs were deemed safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and the internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.
Meanwhile, Cancabato Bay in Tacloban City, Leyte has been declared free of toxic red tides.