Puerto Princesa, Bohol, And Surigao del Sur Are Positive For Shellfish Poisoning

There are seven areas in the Philippines affected by toxic red tide.

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The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) released its first Shellfish Bulletin of the year, detailing the different areas still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit. The toxin level should not go beyond 60 μgSTXeq/100g, and if it does, the shellfish may pose danger to our health when consumed. 

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Yes, we all love eating shellfish such as oysters, clams, scallops, and mussels, but we should be wary of where they are sourced from. Please avoid eating shellfish from the following areas: coastal waters of Bataan (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Hermosa, Orani, Abucay, and Samal); Puerto Princesa Bay, Puerto Princesa Bay, Puerto Princesa City in Palawan; coastal waters of Daus and Tagbilaran City in Bohol; Irong-iron, San Pedro, and Silanga Bays in Western Samar; Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar; Cancabato Bay in Leyte; and Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur.

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It is best not to harvest, not to sell, not to buy, and not eat any shellfish or alamang gathered from these areas as it is not safe for human consumptions. Not to worry, you can still eat other seafood like fish, squids, shrimp, and crabs from these areas as long as they are fresh, washed thoroughly, and internal organs (gills and intestines) are removed before cooking. But if you're craving, you can source your shellfish from these red tide-free areas as they are safe to consume.

For more information, follow the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources on Facebook.

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