The agency for fisheries and aquatic resources says it did not find formalin-infected galung gong on the Balintawak market, Farmer's Market in Cubao and Navotas Fish Port
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Agency (BFAR) has removed speculations that have been formalized in the vicinity of scad or galunggong is sold on local markets.
BFAR said in a statement that it found no formalin in samples of galunggong collected from Balintawak Market and Cubao Farmer's Market in Quezon City, and the Navotas Fish Port, known as the first fishing center in the Philippines.
Sampling was performed on Wednesday, August 22nd.
BFAR said that the laboratory analysis showed "low levels of formaldehyde" but added that the chemical compound "naturally occurs when the fish dies".
BFAR assured the public that it will continue to circulate in the country's markets to ensure that the fish sold is safe for human consumption.
"The public is assured that the DA-BFAR will remain vigilant in collaboration with other relevant public authorities to ensure that all fish products sold on the markets, either produced locally or imported, are safe and free from harmful substances, "it said.
BFAR issued the statement while the fishermen's group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) claimed that China – one of the sources of import of galunggong – used formalin to preserve fish harvests.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said earlier that a single exposure of 30 milliliters of formalin is "already harmful or toxic".
The Ministry of Agriculture recently approved the import of galunggong to "national food security & # 39; to ensure. The department said the fish will come from China, Vietnam and Taiwan to maintain a steady supply of fish as the closed fishing season approaches. – Rappler.com