Western Pangasinan is red tide free–BFAR

IT is safe to eat seashells gathered from the coastal waters of western Pangasinan, particularly from the aquaculture towns of Bolinao, Anda and Wawa, Bani as well as Alaminos City, according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 1.

In its latest advisory dated September 14, BFAR said laboratory analysis results indicate the area is free from red tide, thus crabs, shrimps, seashells like mussels and oysters gathered from there are okay for human consumption.

But BFAR Region 1 Director Nestor Domenden still advised local governments to require market inspectors, quarantine officers, and administrators to demand an auxiliary invoice or clearance for seafood unloaded from other provinces or municipalities to ensure that these did not come from areas positive of paralytic shellfish poisoning.

BFAR issues results of red tide examinations every two weeks.—Eva Visperas

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