• Decrease font size
  • Return font size to normal
  • Increase font size
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

CVM Publications - Detail

  • Print
  • Share
  • E-mail
-
 
TITLE:  Public Health Response to Puffer Fish (Tetrodotoxin) Poisoning from Mislabeled Product
 
AUTHORS:  Cohen NJ;Deeds JR;Wong ES;Hanner RH;Yancy HF;White KD;Thompson TM;Wahl M;Pham TD;Guichard FM;Huh I;Austin C;Dizikes G;Gerber SI;
 
YEAR:  2009
 
JOURNAL ABBREV:  J Food Prot
 
MONTH:  Apr
 
TYPE:  JOUR
 
REFMAN INDEX:  570
 
JOURNAL FULL:  Journal of food protection
 
VOLUME:  72
 
ISSUE:  4
 
START PAGE:  810
 
END PAGE:  817
 
KEYWORDS:  analysis;BAYESIAN-INFERENCE;Californium;control;diagnosis;DNA BARCODES;drug;FISH;Food;IDENTIFICATION;LAGOCEPHALUS-LUNARIS-LUNARIS;LIFE;Paralysis;poisoning;Public Health;Safety;SAXITOXIN;
 
ABSTRACT:  Tetrodotoxin is a neurotoxin that occurs in select species of the family Tetraodontidae (puffer fish). It causes paralysis and potentially death if ingested in sufficient quantities. In 2007, two individuals developed symptoms consistent with tetrodotoxin poisoning after ingesting home-cooked puffer fish purchased in Chicago. Both the Chicago retailer and the California supplier denied having sold or imported puffer fish but claimed the product was monkfish. However; genetic analysis and visual inspection determined that the ingested fish and others from the implicated lot retrieved from the supplier belonged to the family Tetraodontidae. Tetrodotoxin was detected at high levels in both remnants of the ingested meal and fish retrieved from the implicated lot. The investigation led to a Voluntary recall of monkfish distributed by the supplier in three states and placement of the supplier on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Import Alert for species misbranding. This case of tetrodotoxin poisoning highlights the need for continued stringent regulation Of Puffer fish importation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, education of the public regarding the dangers of puffer fish consumption. and raising awareness among medical providers of the diagnosis and management of foodborne toxin ingestions and the need for reporting to public health agencies
 
AFFILIATIONS:  US Food & Drug Adm Ctr Food Safety & Appl Nutr, College Pk, MD 20740 USAChicago Dept Publ Hlth, Chicago, IL 60612 USAIllinois Dept Publ Hlth, Chicago, IL 60612 USAIllinois Dept Publ Hlth, Springfield, IL 62761 USASwedish Covenant Hosp, Chicago, IL 60625 USAUniv Guelph, Biodivers Inst Ontario, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1, CanadaUS Food & Drug Adm Ctr Vet Med, Rockville, MD 20855 USAIllinois Poison Ctr, Chicago, IL 60606 USA
 
-
-