BFAR says no outbreak of diseases in tilapia and shrimps
The Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said tilapia and shrimp found in groceries and wet markets are safe to eat as there has been no outbreak of diseases for these fisheries products.
In a statement, BFAR said the recent cases of fish mortality in the Taal Lake and Laguna de Bay area were caused by low dissolved oxygen (DO) due to abrupt weather changes.
Furthermore, BFAR said that as part of the biosecurity measures in place under Fisheries Order No. 100 and No. 241, the agency has been requiring health certificates in the transport or movement of tilapia fry and fingerlings and shrimp in post larvae stage for grow out since the year 2015 to stop the spread of diseases like the White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV) and Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Disease/Early Mortality Syndrome (APHND/EMS) and the Tilapia Lake Virus (TilV) threatening shrimp and tilapia culture.
“The DA-BFAR would like to emphasize that these diseases do not pose any risk to human health. Should the fish commodities be affected by the said diseases, they are still safe for human consumption, provided that they are fresh and thoroughly washed and cleaned before cooking,” BFAR said.
The DA-BFAR, through its regional offices, said it will continue to strictly enforce the aforementioned fisheries order to ensure that the spread of fish diseases mentioned above is controlled and the tilapia and shrimp industries are protected.