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Surigao del Sur Free from Red Tide Toxin

Lucy Towers
25 September 2012, at 1:00am

PHILIPPINES - The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-Caraga has released the latest Shellfish Bulletin No. 22 dated September 14, 2012, baring that Surigao del Sur is negative from red tide toxin.

According to BFAR, based on laboratory results, all shellfish around the area of Surigao del Sur is safe for human consumption.

However, shellfish from the waters of Dumanquillas Bay, Zamboanga del Sur; Murchelagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte; Misamis Occidental and coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison, and all kinds of shellfish are not safe for consumption.

With these developments, BFAR reminded the people to beware from consuming shellfish from the infected areas. They also said fish, squid, shrimps and crabs are safe to eat but must be properly prepared and provided that the fish is fresh and washed thoroughly. Internal organs, gills and its intestines must also be removed before cooking.

The country's fish bureau said that people must be vigilant in buying seafood in the market to avoid any complications.