Negative results of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning in abalone from Luderitz
The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources this week said that it is safe again to consume abalone from the Luderitz Aquaculture Production Area.
The ministry’s in a statement said the most recent test results conducted on abalone samples collected from Luderitz Production Area produced negative results of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning in abalone.
The test was facilitated by the Namibia Standard Institute and was guided by the National Shellfish Sanitation Programme following an announcement of a potential threat on Jan.11, a statement from the ministry said.
The abalone samples were collected and submitted for testing for Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning, the ministry said and two consecutive re-tests produced negative results which confirmed that abalone may therefore be harvested for direct human consumption.
Meanwhile the ministry said no cases no cases of human poisoning were recorded during the period.
Abalone is a shellfish considered a seafood delicacy, especially in Hong Kong, and takes up to three years to harvest for it to be ready to be served.