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BFAR raises alarm on shellfish consumption

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources warned yesterday that shellfish and “alamang” from specific areas are not safe for human consumption*

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said yesterday that there are some coastal areas in the country, including in Negros Oriental, with shellfish and Acetes sp or “alamang” that are not safe for human consumption.

The bureau’s and respective local government units’ latest laboratory results showed that shellfishes collected at the coastal waters of Tambobo Bay in Sianton, Negros Oriental, inner Malampaya Sound, Taytay in Palawan, Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon, Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol, Daram Island, Zumarraga, San Pedro, and Cambatutay in Western Samar, Calubian, Leyte, Carigara Bay, and Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte, Biliran Islands, Guiuan and Matarimao Bay in Eastern Samar, Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur, Balite Bay, Mati City in Davao Oriental, and Lianga bay and coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

“All types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from these areas are not safe for human consumption,” BFAR said in its February bulletin.

The BFAR said paralytic shellfish poisoning is a syndrome that can develop if they eat seafood contaminated by a red tide.

The syndrome can be life-threatening and often shows itself within two hours of consumption.

In non-lethal cases, these conditions may appear over the course of a few days. In severe instances, individuals may experience respiratory arrest within 24 hours of consumption. Meanwhile, BFAR said other seafood, such as fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs are safe for human consumption, provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.*PNA

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