No formalin in galunggong, says BFAR
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) said that in contrast to reports, recent tests showed that there was no formalin in the samples of galunggong (Round scad) collected from Balintawak Market, Cubao Farmer’s Market, and Navotas Fish Port last week.
It must be noted, however, that based on the laboratory analysis, low levels of Formaldehyde were detected, BFAR said.
Formaldehyde is a chemical compound which naturally develops when the fish dies.
“The public is assured that in collaboration with other concerned government agencies, BFAR will continue to remain vigilant in ensuring that all fish commodities that are sold in the markets, either locally sourced or imported, are safe and free from any harmful substances,” the agency said in a statement.
BFAR’s advisory came a couple of days after Health Secretary Francisco Duque III warned the public against the consumption of imported galunggong from China that are allegedly tainted with formalin.