DENR to probe food poisoning-A A +A
Friday, August 30, 2013
THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Leyte is set to conduct its own investigation on the food poising involving leatherback turtle or “pawikan” in Arteche town, Eastern Samar.
The residents of Barangay Rawis, Arteche town were reportedly poisoned after eating meat from a dead pawikan.
DENR-Eastern Visayas information officer Purificacion Daloos said the butchering of sea turtles is a criminal offense, as these species are already endangered.
Daloos added she fears that the butchered pawikan might be the one that was found nesting in the shores of Dolores, Eastern Samar last August 5.
The pawikan was tagged on its left flipper before it was released back to the sea after it laid eggs.
Corazon Makabenta, division chief of the coastal marine management of DENR, said that pawikans are predators that eat poisonous jellyfishes, sea urchins, and other toxins in the seas.
She said the toxicity of the dead pawikan may have caused the poisoning.
The incident claimed lives of four persons and downed 153 others; majority of them are from Barangay Rawis.
Investigation showed a certain Marlon Garbriel, who found the pawikan, sold around 10 kilos of the pawikan meat.
Mejica said that all those who ate the meat experienced stomach pains, dry and sore lips, headache and vomiting.
The DENR is also set to conduct a “massive campaign” across Eastern Samar to avoid similar incident. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)