To ensure the safety of the consuming public on fish and fishery products, ten (10) monitoring operations were conducted in public fish markets in Davao City that resulted to 200 kilos stale fish and another 170 kilos of imported fish (Bonito-small pirit) Auxis rochei confiscated and condemned through burying because it was found unfit for human consumption. Also, there were 288 kilos of assorted demersal or coral fish confiscated on the grounds that it was illegally caught. These fishes were fit for human consumption and were donated to the following charitable institutions in the city: Co Su Gian Home for the Aged at Buhangin; Bahay Pag-asa at Bago Oshiro; Children’s Village at Maa; Davao City Drug Dependents and Rehabilitation Center at Bago Oshiro; and Balay Dangupan at Madapo Hills, Davao City.
Further, the Red Tide Laboratory was able to conduct two hundred eighty-two (282) tests on Mouse Bio-assay on green mussel (tahong) from Samar. The results of these laboratory tests were all negative to Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning, thus, supply of green mussel were safe to eat for all “tahong” lovers.
Under the project on Sustainable Food Safety and Security in Davao City, the Davao City Red Tide Monitoring Laboratory was renovated to comply to the minimum standards said laboratory. Its total budget amounted to Php 483,080 and charged under the Repairs & Maintenance –Buildings & Other Structures. The renovation was completed in December 2019.