NAFDAC warns Nigerians against Killer “Puffer” fish
Abuja, November 1, 2018 (AltAfrica)-The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Thursday cautioned the general public against consumption of Puffer Fish.
The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, gave the warning in a statement in Abuja.
Adeyeye explained that the fish might contain the potent and deadly toxins tetrodotoxin and saxitoxin, which could cause severe illness and death.
According to her, cooking or freezing cannot destroy the toxin.
She added that freezing and thawing of the product prior to removal of the toxic organs might result in the migration of toxin into the flesh of the fish.
“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,” she stated.
The NAFDAC boss said that the agency was committed and determined to safeguarding the health of the nation.
The puffer fish (also known as the blowfish and the toadfish) is a medium-sized species of fish that inhabits warmer, coastal waters around the world.
The puffer fish is most well known for its unique and distinctive adaptations that it has to defend itself