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BFAR Confirms 8 Areas Positive For Paralytic Shellfish Poison

8 areas in the Philippines have tested possible for paralytic shellfish poison has been confirmed by The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

BFAR has issued an advisory warning the residents living in the areas affected by toxic red tides to avoid eating shellfish.

The agency was urging the residents to temporarily stop catching, selling, buying, and eating seafood that may contain harmful toxins from these following areas:

Paralytic Shellfish Poison
  • Irong-Irong Bay in Western Samar
  • Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar
  • Coastal waters of Leyte
  • Carigara Bay in Leyte
  • Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur
  • Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
  • Coastal waters of Mandaon in Masbate
  • Coastal waters of Bataan in the towns of Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay and Samal

The bureau explained that the shellfish from those areas might be poisonous and not fit for human consumption.

Paralytic Shellfish Poison

BFAR said that shrimps, squid, carbs, and fish caught from these waters are safe for human consumption, but consumers need to wash and clean the seafood carefully before cooking.

Maqueda and Villareal Bays in Western Samar are free from toxins, according to BFAR.

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