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Surigao del Sur Free From Red Tide Toxin

Lucy Towers
16 November 2012, at 12:00am

PHILIPPINES - Bislig Bay in Surigao del Sur is negative from red tide toxin, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-Caraga said in its latest Shellfish Bulletin.

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

The agency, however, warned that shellfish from the waters of Dumanquillas Bay, Zamboanga del Sur, Murchelagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison, and all kinds of shellfish are not safe for consumption.

With these developments, BFAR reminded the people avoid 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 people must be vigilant in buying seafood in the market to avoid any complications.