Ciguatera and Scombroid

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Ciguatera and Scombroid

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Food Poisoning from Fish: Ciguatera and Scombroid

What you can't smell can't hurt you, right? Wrong! Eating some kinds of spoiled fish can cause dramatic symptoms.

Common types of poisoning from spoiled fish include scombroid and ciguatera. Neither type of fish poisoning can be detected by taste or appearance. Neither can be prevented by cooking or freezing the fish. Fish can also be contaminated with chemicals or heavy metals.

Scombroid poisoning is caused by fish which have not been refrigerated properly from the time they were caught until the time they were served. Bacteria act on compounds in the fish, releasing histamine. This accounts for the allergic-type…

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