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Onus on Fijians to refrain from eating suspect fish

17:00 Fri Dec 07, 2018


Fisheries Minister, Semi Koroilavesau.

Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Maggie Boyle

Fijians need to be vigilant and refrain from eating fish that may be contaminated with the Ciguatera toxin.

Fisheries Minister, Semi Koroilavesau, says from October to April, a number of fish consumed the Ciguatera toxin which is found in marine micro-algae.

While the Ministry has issued public advisories on what fish to look out for, the onus is on consumers to abstain from consuming the fish at risk.

“The consumption of fish is basically dependent on the consumers themselves. We are providing the awareness and providing the advice that should be given to our citizens and our people. It depends on them.”

Koroilavesau notes the Ministry cannot seize or ban the fish at risk, adding that any Ciguatera toxin fish cannot be detected by appearance, odor, texture or taste.

Meanwhile, if you are affected by Ciguatera poisoning, you can expect to experience symptoms such as numbness in fingers, toes, lips mouth and throat, joint and muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and headache.

Last year, six Fijians died in Gau after consuming the Daniva fish which was contaminated with the Ciguatera toxin.



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