The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, on Thursday, November 1, discourages the public on the eating of Puffer Fish.
Prof. Moji Adeyeye, Director General of NAFDAC gave this warning in Abuja.
In Adeyeye’s explanation, puffer fish might contain the powerful and poisonous toxins tetrodotoxin and saxitoxin, which causes serious illnesses that could lead to death.
She enlightened that some of the organs of the fish, like gonads and liver (testes and ovaries), skin and intestines contain these toxins earlier stated.
Going forward she exposed, freezing and defrosting of the fish after removing the toxic organs will only transfer the toxin into the flesh of the fish.
In her words “Restaurants and fish sellers are warned not to serve or sell this fish also known as puffer, swellfish, fugu, globefish or sea squad among other names, as this will severely endanger public health. Due to the potential health hazard associated with the fish, NAFDAC does not allow importation or sale of puffer fish. “And we hereby alert the general public on dangers of consuming PUFFER FISH,”
Adeyeye says that the agency is committed and determined to safeguard the health of the nation (Vanguard)