The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) confirmed on Friday that shellfish from Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur province have tested positive for paralytic shellfish poison.
In an advisory, BFAR warned residents against eating shellfish collected in the area after they were found positive for paralytic shellfish poison beyond the regulatory limit.
However, BFAR noted that fish, squid, shrimps and crabs are safe for human consumption provided these are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs are removed before cooking.
Also found positive for paralytic shellfish poison are four other areas in the country, including Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar; Cancato Bay in Tacloban City, Leyte; coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol; and coastal waters in Pampanga.
The agency said all kinds of shellfish from an area found positive for shellfish poison should not be harvested, sold or eaten. By CLC