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Health Effects Of Eating Rotten Seafood

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SeafoodThere are compulsory food safety practices that are followed worldwide to  prevent spoilage of seafood. This is necessary to avert the health effects of eating rotten seafood which can cause serious illness. There are many pathogens that spoil seafood because of the high amounts of protein present in it. These invisible bacteria can cause food poisoning if they are provided with ambient temperatures and humidity. Let us understand more about seafood and related food safety issues.


Causes Of Spoilage

  • Improper handling of seafood during cooking is the most important cause of spoilage.

  • If seafood is not cooked thoroughly it does not kill all the harmful bacteria that can  grow and cause illness.


Health Problems Caused By Rotten Seafood

  • Scombroid poisoning is due to bacterial action which causes the fish to decay.  As the fish rots, the muscle begins to release high levels of histamine which acts as a toxin. This can occur in less than 8 hours if seafood like fish is not stored under refrigeration. It leads to burning of mouth, stomach cramps and diarrhea. This proceeds to low blood pressure levels and variation in the heart rate.  Loss of vision can occur in worst cases.

  • E coli is associated with crab meat which can be due to contact with contaminated water that has fecal matter in it. Eating such meat causes severe nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Young children can have a severe reaction.

  • Vibrio parahaemolyticus has been found in lobsters, prawns and crabs and is a common cause of food poisoning. Fever, cramps in stomach and vomiting are common. Cross contamination from raw to cooked meat is the biggest cause.

Tips To Identify Rotten Seafood

  • The scales on the fish should be shiny and the smell that of fresh cucumbers.

  • Do not buy if prawns are not firm and glossy.

  • Lobsters that have a curled tail are definitely fresh.

  • Buy mussels that have intact and closed shells.


These handy tips will help you choose fresh seafood that is great for your health. Food safety should be a top priority always.


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Health Effects Of Eating Rotten Seafood