Coepriss confirmed that the entire Sinaloa coastline is free of sanitary closure for bivalve molluscs and snails;
Sinaloa .- If you were afraid to eat oysters, clams, some delicious ax callus with chili and lemon, or the popular clams, feel free to do so since this Saturday, May 8, the State Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks of Sinaloa-Coepriss confirmed that the entire Sinaloa coastline is free of sanitary closure for bivalve molluscs and snails.
Commissioner Jorge Alan Urbina Vidales reported that the sanitary ban that had been imposed in the coastal area of San Ignacio, Elota and Navolato was lifted since the monitoring carried out shows that its waters are free of red tide and there is no longer a risk to the population.
“The monitored bays are free of red tide and there is no longer a risk of toxicity in bivalve mollusks and snails. There is no longer a ban or ban on any variety of mollusks. Visitors can confidently eat mollusks and all seafood such as fish and shellfish, ”he commented.
With the lifting of the ban, the extraction, distribution, commercialization and consumption of oysters, clams, ax callus, clams (bivalve molluscs), and snails are allowed.
He recalled that the temporary ban on bivalve mollusks was imposed on March 25 in the coastal area of Celestino Gasca, which includes the municipalities of Elota and San Ignacio, and was later also imposed on March 31 in the Altata Bay area. Ensenada Pabellones and Bahía Altata Norte de Navolato, due to the presence of the marine biotoxin known as saxitoxin (paralyzing poisoning) above the limits established by the regulations.
However, the samplings that have been taken throughout this period and following the established procedures, guidelines and protocols, show that the entire coastline is within the parameters established by the regulations, therefore the temporary sanitary ban is lifted. in the designated places.
“The ban was lifted in Altata on May 4 and in Celestino on May 7, which was made known to the State Committee of Bivalve Molluscs, which integrates producers, processors and marketers of bivalve mollusks in Sinaloa, according to the guidelines that marks the NOM-242-SSA1-2009, the Bivalve Mollusks and Red Tide Project of COFEPRIS ”, he specified.
He argued that during the closed period operations were carried out in the fishing fields surrounding the areas as well as in the places of greatest consumption.
He pointed out that in addition to the samples taken, coordination was undertaken with the restaurant industry, town councils and tourism authorities to carry out health promotion actions, proper food handling and promotion of good hygiene practices among food preparers and seafood marketers in establishments throughout the coastal zone of Sinaloa in order to ensure the protection of the health of the population and tourists
“This training includes the personal hygiene of those who prepare the food and essential aspects so that the product of the sea reaches the table of the diners in optimal conditions,” he said.
“We have made health promotion visits to markets, street stalls, collection centers, points of sale and restaurants where we deliver promotional material,” he explained.
“The entire coastline of Sinaloa is free of red tide so visitors can be sure that fish and shellfish are free of toxins and are safe for consumption,” he said.
He recalled that the monitoring of the quality of seawater for recreational use has been carried out at the national level since April 2003 and includes the main tourist destinations in Mexico to verify the possibility of risks to the health of tourists
“The beaches throughout Sinaloa have been reviewed and all are within the standards of the official Mexican standard, which means that they are suitable for recreational use and that seafood can be safely consumed,” he said.
Finally, he stressed that Coepriss will continue with permanent health surveillance in the coastal area of Sinaloa in order to rule out health risks from the consumption of fish and shellfish and urged the population to stay informed through official statements issued to through the Ministry of Health.