BFAR warns: Stale fish can cause food poisoning
BE warned: 98 residents of Barangays Inirangan and Beleng in Bayambang town suffered from food poisoning on April 29 after eating galunggong .
Reacting to the incident, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources has advised the public to be careful and be more vigilant in buying fish and fish products.
In the agency’s Local Food Safety Advisory No. 1, Regional Director Rosario Gaerlan offered tips to households to ensure that fishery commodities being bought are fresh, of good quality and fit for human consumption:
1. Fish should smell fresh and mild, not fishy, sour or ammonia-like. 2. Eyes are crystal clear and plump and moist. 3. Gills are clean, red in color and with no odor. 4. Fins are wet and whole. 5. Flesh is firm and intact, and 6. No protruding internal organs or flesh wounds.
Gaerlan also said that the flesh must be thoroughly cleaned and kept refrigerated or frozen when not immediately cooked or consumed. (Eva Visperas/PIAPangasinan)
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