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What is white fish food poisoning?

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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"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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About the Author

Caitlynn Lowe has been writing since 2006 and has been a contributing writer for Huntington University's "Mnemosyne" and "Huntingtonian." Her writing has also been in "Ictus" and "Struggle Creek: A Novel Story." Lowe earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Huntington University.

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