Malaysians worried as shellfish from Kelantan is toxic, says Fisheries Department

by | Oct 16, 2021 | NATIONAL, NEWS | 0 comments

The Kelantan Fisheries Department (JPNK) has banned shellfish in the state immediately as there is a suspected ‘red tide’ toxic.

The PNK director Nazri Ishak said, “Sale and harvest of shellfish, such as oysters, cockles, and clams, are prohibited as of October until further notice.”

During analysis by the Fisheries Biosecurity Lab, it was found that shellfish like molluscs were contaminated with saxitoxin from harmful algae.

The public is now worried that the supply of shellfish they are eating may have been contaminated.

Jowin Bin Roslan asked, “Did the suppliers know this early on? People would be in fear now since suppliers may send their shipments to the restaurants around the country.”

Brian Neo who was also worried advised the public to ensure that they ask the supermarkets where are their shellfish supply from.

He added that he wants people to ask about seafood as well as a precaution.

Nazri Ishak has emphasised that the consumption of these unsafe shellfish can lead to food poisoning. Until there is a solution and testing show that the area is safe, harvesting will be prohibited.