Scientific news about the fishing sector, fish and their parasites
Anisakis infection and issues caused by raw fish (ES)
In Spain, the average fish consumption is 45Kg per person per year, what doubles the European average and occupies the second place in the world ranking, just after Japan. The same way, Spain is the second country in the world in number of cases of anisakiasis, again after Japan. Anisakiasis is a disease caused by Anisakis, a nematode parasite located in contaminated fish. This problem has become a concern for Spanish safety authorities and in an decree promulgated in 2006, "human anisakiasis was considered a public health concern, since its incidence is increasing in recent years".
What is anisakis and how to prevent it? (ES)
Anisakiasis has become more frequent during last years. It is caused by nematode larvae located in contaminated fish. However, it is important to differentiate between the infection caused by the living larvae and the allergic reactions in sensitized patients. Allergic people show extreme sensitivity to substances secreted by larvae when they attach to stomach walls.
Anisakis: everything that you should know (ES)
Anisakis is a marine fish parasite that lives its adult life in big marine mammals such as whales and dolphins. This parasite can infect humans if it is accidentally consumed with raw or undercooked fish.
According to María Luisa Caballero, specialist at the Allergy Service of the University Hospital La Paz (Madrid), the best medicine against anisakis infection is prevention: to avoid the consumption of raw fish (if it has not been frozen previously) and let the fish thaw progressively to keep fish quality.
EFSA's Second Science Conference-Shaping the Future of Food Safety, Together
During 14th-16th October 2015 it will be held in Milan (Italy) the 2nd EFSA's Science Conference. In 2012 the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) launched its Science Strategy 2012-2016. On 7-8 November that year, more than 600 of the world’s leading food safety experts took part in a high-level scientific conference organised by EFSA to mark its tenth anniversary. Since then, many objectives of the Strategy and recommendations of the 2012 Conference have been implemented. This is a new edition of this prestigious scientific event, coinciding with the EXPO Milano 2015.
Anisakis: stay alert (ES)
Anisakis is a marine fish parasite that lives its adult life in big marine mammals such as whales and dolphins. This parasite can infect humans if it is consumed accidentally in raw or undercooked fish.