BFAR suspends accreditation of scallop exporter
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources has suspended the accreditation of a Lapu-lapu City-based scallop exporter after the US government informed it that Philippine scallops have been linked to a Hepatitis A Virus outbreak in Hawaii.
In a statement, the BFAR said: “we are deeply concerned upon receiving alert notification from the U.S. that Philippine scallops have been linked to Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) outbreak in Hawaii.”
In view of the emerging threats to seafood safety which pose risks to human health, the BFAR identified the scallop exporter as De Oro Resources Inc. and is now implementing emergency measures.
It said it is temporarily suspending the company’s accreditation to export fishery products while it is still conducting a traceability audit on the company and reevaluating the company.
“The Philippines has a long tradition of exporting quality scallops dating back to year 1976. Having been compliant to seafood safety standards of importing countries, we have maintained trading for 40 years without seafood safety concerns,” the BFAR said.
The BFAR has ordered De Oro Resources Inc. to suspend the distribution of its existing inventory of fishery products and to recall products belonging to the same batch or period as the ones flagged by US authorities.
The BFAR said the emergency measures are meant to prevent the contamination from spreading, if the virus exists, while the matter is still being investigated.