MANILA, Philippines – A surprise inspection was conducted by the Manila City Veterinary Office at 3 wet markets in Manila to ensure that it is free of double dead fish.
Authorities did not find contaminated goods in fish stands in Divisoria, Blumentritt and Paco markets.
However, around 5 kilos of tuna that were no longer fresh were confiscated.
"Minimal naman ‘yung hindi fresh na mga isda. Dapat kilatising mabuti ng publiko yung bibilhing isda. Mapula pa dapat ang hasang at walang amoy," said Dr. Joselito Diaz.
The inspection was made following a massive fishkill in Pangasinan and Batangas that cost both provinces millions of pesos in losses.
Several villages in both provinces were placed under a state of calamity because of the fishkill.
Last week, almost 900 kilograms of double dead fish and meat were seized at a night market in Divisoria. Authorities confiscated 800 kilos of double-dead tuna, 50 kilos of double-dead milkfish, and 45 kilos of contaminated pork.
Around 200 kilos of double dead milkfish were also confiscated in Novaliches the past week. -- Report from Francis Faulve, ABS-CBN News
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