Seafood lovers living along the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia have been warned to cut down their shellfish consumption or risk heavy metal poisoning.
A team of 25 scientists and researchers found a high concentration of heavy metals, including arsenic, cadmium, plumbum and mercury, in the Straits of Malacca during a marine expedition last month.
The waters surrounding Johor, Port Klang and Pulau Pinang are at a higher risk of heavy metal contamination, warned Dr Ong Meng Chuan, a senior lecturer in marine biology from the Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) School of Marine and Environmental Sciences.
“Obviously, if the water is contaminated with heavy metals, it will be passed up the food chain,” Dr Ong told Malaysian news agency Bernama.
Shellfish from Malaysia meets safety requirements for heavy metals: Singapore Food Agency
"Samples and tests of shellfish from Malaysia met our food safety requirements for heavy metals," SFA told CNA.
"While tests of shellfish from Malaysia meet our food safety requirements, shellfish accumulate environmental contaminants and naturally will have some levels of heavy metals. Therefore, to avoid exposure to high levels of heavy metals through consumption, consumers should eat shellfish in moderation," it added.
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