Friday, August 31, 2007


Poison puffer fish sold as salmon kills 15

‘Unscrupulous vendors in Thailand have been selling the flesh of the deadly puffer fish disguised as salmon, causing the deaths of more than 15 people over the past three years, a doctor said today.

Although banned since 2002, puffer fish continue to be sold in large quantities at local markets and restaurants, said Narin Hiransuthikul of Bangkok’s Chulalonkorn University Hospital.

“Some sellers dye the meat of puffer fish and make it look like salmon, which is very dangerous,” Dr Narin said.

Dr Narin said that over the past three years, more than 15 people have died and about 115 were hospitalised from eating the fish.’

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