Eight samples of seafood, mussels and fresh fish were collected from markets in Phe and Klaeng to measure possible residues from the oil slick from a PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) offshore platform according to Public Health Minister Pradit Sintavanarong.Officials found mercury, lead, cadmium and arsenic at standard levels in the food samples, as well as heavy metals below standard level.

About 70 food shops on Samet Island, Mae Rampung Beach and Phe market, were inspected by Rayong health officials, and found that their foods were safe from toxins and met the required standard.Urine of 1,594 people who helped clean up the slick to measure possible t,t muconic acid was checked by the ministry. Among the 603 results already released, only one was found to have t,t muconic acid.The Public Health Ministry will follow up on health impact to area residents and slick-cleaning staff in Phrao Bay for the next five years.

Nipon Lerdsrisuwattana district chief in the Rayong provincial seat, reported that 1,127 people, mainly fishermen and hotel and restaurant operators, have applied for compensation at a coordination centre specially set up at the district office.People affected by the slick are invited to apply for compensation at three
centres – the Rayong provincial seat district office, Phe municipality office and Koh Samet municipality office until August 31.