Alert On Puffer Fish

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) hereby alerts the general public on dangers of consuming PUFFER FISH. This fish may contain the potent and deadly toxins tetrodotoxin and/or saxitoxin, which can cause severe illness and death. Some organs of the fish, such as liver and gonads (ovaries and testes), the skin and intestines typically contain the toxin.

Cooking or freezing cannot destroy this toxin. In fact, freezing and thawing of the product prior to removal of the toxic organs may result in the migration of toxin into the flesh of the fish.

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.

Due to the potential health hazard associated with the fish, NAFDAC does not allow importation or sale of puffer fish.

NAFDAC…….…..Safeguarding the Health of the Nation!!!