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SCOMBROTOXIN (HISTAMINE)

| January 30, 2013

What is scombrotoxin? Scombrotoxin is a foodborne toxin most often associated with the consumption of fish, particularly species belonging to the Scombridae and Scomberesocidae families (scombroid fish), such as mackerel and tuna. It can cause a mild, though sometimes distressing, form of foodborne intoxication (scombroid or scombrotoxic food poisoning) when ingested in sufficient quantities. Scombrotoxic […]

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OKADAIC ACID TOXINS

| January 30, 2013

What are okadaic acid toxins? The okadaic acid group of toxins (OA-toxins) are the cause of diarrhoeic shellfish poisoning (DSP), a foodborne intoxication associated with the consumption of contaminated shellfish harvested from waters affected by growth of certain types of toxic algae. DSP is a non-lethal form of food poisoning with symptoms typical of gastroenteritis, […]

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CIGUATOXINS

| January 30, 2013

What are ciguatoxins? The ciguatoxins (CTXs) are a group of marine biotoxins, which are the cause of a foodborne intoxication known as ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP). CFP is associated with consumption of coral reef fish from tropical and subtropical waters in the Pacific and Indian Oceans and the Caribbean sea. It was first recorded by […]

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