THAILAND: Puffer fish banned due to food poisoning concerns
The Thai Food and Drug Administration has prohibited the serving of puffer fish after a recent spate of food poisoning. Vendors serving the fish could now face a maximum jail sentence of two years and a fine of Bt20,000 (US$457). The potentially poisonous puffer fish will not, however, be removed from sale in markets, although the FDA is warning people not to buy the fish for their own safety and to be extra vigilant when buying fish fillets and steaks that may indeed be puffer fish.
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