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Puffer fish sold as salmon kills 15

August 23, 2007

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP)- Unscrupulous vendors in Thailand have been selling meat of the deadly puffer fish disguised as salmon, causing the deaths of more than 15 people over the past three years, a doctor said Thursday.

Although banned since 2002, puffer fish continues 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,” Narin said.

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End Note:
In Asia it is not uncommon for vendors to add dye or anti-bacterial medications to seafood to “lengthen freshness.”  According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this is one U.S. concern with imported Chinese seafood.