Ban on consuming shellfish from Puerto Vallarta lifted
The Jalisco Health Secretariat (SSJ), through the Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks in Jalisco (Coprisjal), lifted the ban put in place on January 30 in Puerto Vallarta for the consumption of bivalve seafood (shellfish).
Dagoberto García Mejía from Coprisjal explained that in the last samples of seawater collected, there was no evidence of the marine biotoxin that affected the mollusks that lead to the ban last month.
“In the last samples of seawater taken on February 15, there was an absence of the toxic phytoplankton organism called gymnodinium catenatum and dinophysis caudata.” As well, in Marina Vallarta area, saxitoxin is reported in concentration below the levels established in NOM-242-SSA1- 2009, he explained.
García Mejía added, another sampling was carried out in the Malecón area to verify that the marine biotoxin was within the permissible levels, throughout the maritime corridor in Puerto Vallarta.
Any risk to the population has been ruled out and the precautionary health ban has been fully lifted. However, the Coprisjal added that the monitoring of sea water, as well as health surveillance in establishments selling seafood and restaurants, will continue to ensure the health of the population.