02 Feb 2024
The DA-BFAR acknowledges the recent test results shown by the study conducted by the Department of Science and Technology, citing bangus samples from several sites in Mindanao positive for microplastics.
The presence of microplastics have been reported in various locations and food items around the world and while microplastics have been detected in food items including fish, there is no concrete evidence yet of negative effects of microplastic ingestion at the current level of contamination present in our environment. In the Philippines, there are no health advisories raised with regards to bangus consumption that tested positive in microplastics.
The DA-BFAR will continue to collaborate with the DOST with regards to studies related to microplastics. The DA-BFAR also supports the call to have a consensus within the scientific community about the acceptable tolerance level of microplastic contamination to identify the potential risks on humans. Likewise, the Bureau enjoins the public to recycle or properly and responsibly dispose of plastic materials to minimize plastic pollution in our waters.
As there is no concrete evidence of negative effects of microplastic ingestion at the current level of contamination present in our environment, consuming bangus is safe provided that they are fresh and properly processed or cooked.
The DA-BFAR will continue to remain vigilant in ensuring that all fish commodities sold in the markets are safe and free from any harmful substances, which will only be achievable through consistent observance of sustainable aquatic resource management.