Ministry health

Rayong seafood is ‘safe to eat’, ministry says

The Ministry of Public Health yesterday assured the public that seafood from the sea in Rayong is safe to eat as a recent oil spill in the area has been cleaned up.

Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha yesterday addressed those concerned about food safety following the spill.

He was speaking at a public relations event where he ate dishes made with ingredients from the province’s seafood.

He was joined by officials from the Department of Medical Sciences and the Department of Health as well as Anan Nakniyom, the provincial deputy governor.

During his address, Sathit said 150 seafood samples were tested for residues of lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, organic arsenic and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

The results showed that they contained safe levels of these chemical compounds.

He said the ministry will continue to collect seafood samples and test them to ensure consumers are safe when eating seafood from Rayong.

The navy yesterday ended its oil spill clean-up operation which began on January 25 from an undersea pipeline belonging to Star Petroleum Refining Public Company Limited (SPRC), near Map Ta Phut in Rayong .

Robert Joseph Dobrik, Director and CEO of SPRC, issued his apologies on behalf of the company to all parties affected by the oil spill.

In separate remarks from the SPRC, the company said about 47,000 liters of crude oil leaked from the pipeline.

The company pledged to take full responsibility for the spill and conduct a formal investigation to find out the cause of the leak, saying such a review will be helpful in preventing future incidents.

The SPRC said it would cooperate with state agencies investigating the oil spill incident and offer compensation to all parties involved.

The company would also work with outside experts and government agencies to fully assess any other possible environmental impacts of the spill and support the remediation process.

Phuriphat Thirakunphisut, deputy director general of the Navy Department, said his office was working with various agencies, including the navy and the Pollution Control Department, to manage the oil spill.

As for environmental remediation, a sub-committee will assess the costs of previous oil slick cleanup efforts by various public and private organizations and also assess the damage caused to coastal areas by the spill, he said. he declares.

Atthapol Charoenshunsa, director general of the Department of Pollution Control, said the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) is carrying out laboratory analyzes of black powder and dark brown gelatinous substances collected from beaches and seabeds. sailors near where the recent spill occurred.

He said the substances would be oil droplets that had been broken down by dispersants during the cleanup operation.

The DMCR must now determine if they contain toxic chemicals, he said.

Large quantities of sand, water and other materials contaminated by the oil spill off the coast of Rayong province have been collected and are now stored at the SPRC refinery before being transported to Saraburi for disposal. , did he declare.