What is white fish food poisoning?

Written by caitlynn lowe | 13/05/2017
What is white fish food poisoning?
If not cooked properly, fish has the potential to cause food poisoning. (series object on white - food - fried fish image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from Fotolia.com)

Food poisoning occurs when you eat certain raw foods, such as meat, poultry, and fish, without properly cooking them. Whitefish sometimes contains harmful bacteria that becomes poisonous when ingested.


What is white fish food poisoning?
"Whitefish" and "white fish" refer to separate things. (red cod image by Paula Gent from Fotolia.com)

"Whitefish," strictly speaking, is a freshwater fish and a member of the trout and salmon family of fish. The term "white fish" also applies to other fish species with white flesh, such as cod, haddock, and halibut.

Food Poisoning

Food poisoning, or gastroenteritis, occurs when you eat undercooked, contaminated food. Some species of white fish do not contain any known toxins. Whitefish, and other species known as "white fish," contain harmful contaminates like dioxins.


"White fish food poisoning" most often refers to food poisoning from the whitefish itself, which results from dioxins. Dioxins, a chemical contaminate, linger in fatty tissues and cause problems ranging from skin disease to an increased risk of cancer.


Whitefish food poisoning causes chloracne, a disease identified by cases of severe acne. Additional symptoms of food poisoning include an upset stomach and vomiting.


Basic treatments for food poisoning include the replacing of fluids and electrolytes. If you fear prolonged exposure to whitefish poisoning, talk to your doctor about possible antitoxin treatments.

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