National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has cautioned Nigerians against consuming puffer fish.
The agency’s Director-General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, gave the warning in a statement, saying that the fish might contain potent and deadly toxins tetrodotoxin and saxitoxin which could cause severe illness and death.
She added that some organs of the fish, such as liver and gonads (ovaries and testes), the skin and intestines typically contained the toxin.
According to her, cooking or freezing cannot destroy the toxin.
“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,” she said.
”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.”