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El Correo (dig. ed.), 2014-05-09

What is anisakis? (ES)

It is transmitted to humans through ingestion of raw or undercooked fish, and it lodges in the gastrointestinal tract. There, it can perforate the stomach and the intestine or migrate to other tissues and organs.

READ MORE, 2014-05-09

Anisakis are detected in a "high percentage" of the harvested anchovies, according to the Basque Government (ES)

The regional government of the Basque Country has detected a high percentage of anisakis in the harvested anchovies. Although it is remarked that these parasites are frequently found in fresh fishes, it is highlighted that it may represent a risk depending on the way to be consumed. Therefore, it is recommended never to have raw or marinated anchovies. 


Eroski Consumer, 2014-05-07

Differences between food risk assessment and food risk management (ES)

To be able to distinguish between food risk assessment and food risk management is to talk about science in the first case and about taking decisions and actions in the second one, according to EFSA. 


FIS Spain, 2014-05-06

Fish intake found to combat depression but only in women (EN)

A new study has determined that eating fish at least twice a week reduces the risk of depression by 25 per cent - but only in women.

This study, developed by the Menzies Research Institute in Tasmania, Australia and published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, discovered that having seafood on the menu had no protective effect for men, Mail Online informed.

“The observed protective association for women but not for men may have been due to men consuming more omega-3 fatty acids from other dietary sources, particularly from meat,” the study concluded.

The researchers, who tracked more than 1,400 men and women aged between 26 and 36 for a period of five years, speculate that high levels of omega-3 fatty acids may combine with the female sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone to keep the brain functioning properly.


FIS Spain, 2014-05-05

Galician coast mackerel landings and value grow (EN)

Secretary General of Marine Affairs of Xunta de Galicia Juan Maneiro reported that mackerel landings of the local coastline fleet and the turnover increased compared to 2013, following the launch of the new management model in Northwest-Cantabrian waters.

According to the official, the landings increased by 230 per cent and the value grew by 220 per cent compared to last year.