BFAR finds fish positive for cyanide Print
Thursday, 11 May 2017 11:59

By LIZA JOCSON

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has found a fish sample submitted to their office positive for cyanide contamination.

The fish sample came from private individuals who recently complained to police about the death of their pet cat which reportedly ate a portion of Rompe Candao (Barracuda) bought from a local market.

The results of the BFAR examination was confirmed in a press statement issued yesterday by City Hall.

The same statement said that Zamboanga Mayor Beng Climaco has directed City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat to ensure close coordination with the BFAR to ensure that fish products in the market are safe.

The City Agriculturist Office together with the BFAR is currently conducting a random sampling of barracuda from markets to “help better assess the occurrence of contamination within our local markets and fish stalls.”

The BFAR also reportedly issued a recent advisory cautioning the public about the consumption of barracuda due to the product’s susceptibility to a different type of naturally occurring toxin, known as ciguatera.

It said that the result of the testing done on barracuda samples, is indicative that noxious substances may have been used in fishing, thus resulting to the fish being contaminated by cyanide. (Liza Jocson)