The Bureau of Fisheries And Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Monday said Zambales province and neighboring areas of Pampanga and Bataan are safe from red tide toxins.
BFAR said the latest shellfish samples collected from the said areas show they are still safe for consumption. All types of shellfish are still safe to eat as long as they are fresh and clean.
BFAR also regularly inspects the waters of Masinloc Bay in Zambales, Pampanga, and the coastal areas of Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Hermosa, Orani, Abucay, and Samal in Bataan to determine if toxic microorganisms which causes paralytic shellfish poisoning is found.
Red tide occurs when algae or plant-like microorganisms thrive in water, causing discoloration due to high concentrations of toxic and non-toxic algae.