Jakarta Gov’t: No Paracetamol Found in Local Fishes

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Durian. Jakarta Deputy Governor said recent study shows fish from the Jakarta Bay is free from paracetamol, following a previous research showed several water samples from the bay contain a high concentration of the chemical ingredient.

Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria announced that most recent testing carried out by Jakarta’s Maritime, Agriculture and Food Security Office (KPKP) has found that fish products from the Jakarta Bay are safe and don’t contain paracetamol.

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“We’ve been informed the most updated result of paracetamol testing done by KPKP. The fishes there are found to be negative [of being contaminated with paracetamol],” Patria said in Jakarta on Oct.23. He didn’t elaborate further on the results of the study.

Earlier this month, the Marine Pollution Bulletin published a study by the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) and the University of Brighton that a high concentration of paracetamol, among other contaminants, is found in samples taken from the bay area.

While further study is still necessary to reveal the full impacts of such finding on sea creatures and humans, the public have been voicing their concern about the safety of Jakarta waters and their products.

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