December 16, 2017

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Ciguatera Outbreak in 2014 Revealed by CDC’s MMWR Report

An outbreak of Ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) that took place in 2014 in Florida has been revealed by a report in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). This illness is caused by eating predatory reef fish that have the toxin in their systems. This toxin cannot be destroyed by cooking or freezing and there is no antidote for it. On November 3, 2014, the Florida Department of health in Orange County received a report from their online foodborne illness complaint system that a patient describing paresthesias (tingling or burning sensation) and numbness had seen a doctor. That person got sick on October 31, 2014, one day after eating two meals of fish. A single case of ciguatera fish poisoning in Florida is considered an outbreak. Data sources identified five additional … [Read more...]

Do You Eat Fish? Learn About Ciguatera Food Poisoning

You don't often hear about ciguatera food poisoning, unless you are part of the fishing industry. This naturally occurring toxin found in fish can cause serious foodborne illness. Cooking does not deactivate the toxin, so even properly cooked seafood can make you sick. In the past few years, there have been several outbreaks and recalls related to this toxin. This type of food poisoning is responsible for the highest reported incidence of foodborne illness outbreaks linked to finfish around the world, according to a study published in Toxicon by Robert Dickey and Steven M. Plakaas. The algae that produces the toxin is usually located in the tropics, but these harmful algal blooms have been occurring in Texas, Florida, South Carolina, and Miami in recent years. As coral reefs deteriorate … [Read more...]

CDC Warns of Ciguatera Fish Poisoning in New York City

In the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published February 1, 2013, ciguatera fish poisoning is addressed. From August 2010 to July 2011, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene received reports of six outbreaks and one single case of ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) that sickened 28 people. In the previous ten years, there were only 21 people sickened with this toxin in New York City. Food Poisoning Bulletin has told you about this issue before. This illness used to occur only in the tropics, but the algae that produces the toxin, which fish eat, has now been found in the waters in Florida, Texas, South Carolina, and Miami. There are no practical field tests available to monitor fish for this toxin. The illness … [Read more...]

Oceana Finds Seafood Fraud Worldwide

Oceana has released a report about seafood fraud around the world. The report, called Deceptive Dishes: Seafood Swaps Found Worldwide, states that seafood fraud is a serious global problem that threatens consumer health. The review looked at data in 2014, and it shows some promising trends because of recent regulations in the European Union (EU) that are "increasing transparency and traceability as well as addressing illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing." The report states that if the United States adopts comprehensive, full-chain traceability, it will be more difficult for consumers to be misled. The report states that on average, one in five of more than 25,000 samples of seafood tested was mislabeled. Oceana reviewed more than 20 published studies from 55 … [Read more...]

Harry’s in GA Recalls Amberjack After Reports of Illness

Harry’s Farmers Market in Marietta, GA is recalling wild gulf amberjack after five people who bought and ate the fish became ill. The product was sold through March 15, 2014 in the fresh seafood case only at the Harry’s Farmers Market location on 70 Powers Ferry Road SE in Marietta, GA . The recall includes wild whole amberjack, amberjack filets and amberjack portions. No other products or stores are affected by the recall. Officials from the Georgia Department of Agriculture have not yet determined the cause of the illness. Customers who became sick from the fish said their symptoms included itching, diarrhea and vomiting. Anyone with these symptoms should see a doctor. One possible source of the illness is ciguatera fish poisoning. Large fish can sometimes … [Read more...]

Fish Lands Top Spots in CDC Food Poisoning Study

Fish and marine toxins are the food/pathogen combination responsible for the most food poisoning outbreaks, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fish contaminated with scombroid toxin and ciguatera took the top two spots on the study's list of the most pathogen /commodity pairings that caused the most outbreaks, beating out Salmonella on poultry, norovirus on leafy greens. Although the fish/marine toxin combo took the top two spots on the pathogen /commodity pairings that caused the most outbreaks, they didn't rank at all in terms of the pairing that caused the most illnesses (norovirus and leafy vegetables), hospitalizations (Salmonella and fruits/nuts) or deaths (Listeria and poultry.) So what are these marine toxins and what happens to you … [Read more...]

Rare Toxin Found in Fish Becoming More Common

Because of harmful algal blooms, a rare illness caused by a toxin in fish is becoming more common in the United States. Ciguatera poisoning is the most common seafood-related illness in the world. It used to occur only in fishing communities located in the tropics, but the algae that produces the toxin has been found in fish caught off the waters in Florida, Texas, South Carolina, and Miami and caused outbreaks. And the globalization of our food supply has caused outbreaks in Alaska and Ohio. Food poisoning usually occurs in several ways: You eat food infected with bacteria or viruses that cause an infection, or you ingest chemicals or toxins present in contaminated food. Parasites, prions (mad cow disease) and protozoa can also cause food poisoning. Ciguatera is a foodborne illness … [Read more...]

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