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Toxins 2017, 9(11), 367; doi:10.3390/toxins9110367

Management of Ciguatoxin Risk in Eastern Australia

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NSW Food Authority, 6 Avenue of the Americas, Newington, NSW 2127, Australia
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Climate Change Cluster (C3), University of Technology Sydney, 15 Broadway, Ultimo, NSW 2007, Australia
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Academic Editor: Natalia Vilariño
Received: 19 October 2017 / Revised: 8 November 2017 / Accepted: 8 November 2017 / Published: 14 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Public Health Outreach to Prevention of Aquatic Toxin Exposure)
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Between 2014 and 2016, five cases of ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP), involving twenty four individuals, were linked to Spanish Mackerel (Scomberomorus commerson) caught in the coastal waters of the state of New South Wales (NSW) on the east coast of Australia. Previously, documented cases of CFP in NSW were few, and primarily linked to fish imported from other regions. Since 2015, thirteen individuals were affected across four additional CFP cases in NSW, linked to fish imported from tropical locations. The apparent increase in CFP in NSW from locally sourced catch, combined with the risk of CFP from imported fish, has highlighted several considerations that should be incorporated into risk management strategies to minimize CFP exposure for seafood consumers. View Full-Text
Keywords: ciguatera fish poisoning; ciguatoxins; seafood borne illness; New South Wales; Australia; risk management; imported seafood; ciguatoxin analysis; clinical identification ciguatera fish poisoning; ciguatoxins; seafood borne illness; New South Wales; Australia; risk management; imported seafood; ciguatoxin analysis; clinical identification
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Farrell, H.; Murray, S.A.; Zammit, A.; Edwards, A.W. Management of Ciguatoxin Risk in Eastern Australia. Toxins 2017, 9, 367.

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