PFA advise citizens not to use Pangasius frozen fish

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RAWALPINDI: Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has advised the citizens not to use Pangasius frozen fish which they said is causing serious health problems.

According to the PFA, the traders had been directed to stop selling Pangasius frozen fish, as it is not suitable for human consumption.

PFA in its ongoing crackdown against substandard and unhealthy food had warned the sellers of the frozen fish to stop selling it as the authority had sent few samples of Pangasius frozen fish to an international laboratory for analysis.

The lab report revealed that all Pangasius frozen fish samples were substandard due to mold, Listeria and moisture content.

Therefore, the PFA had advised the people not to use it. The shopkeepers were also instructed not to sell the unhealthy product. However, a market survey revealed that it is still available in the shops.

The announcement was made by the PFA in a public notice which said that eating food with Listeria can lead to a fatal disease called Listeriosis, which also affects pregnant women and newborn babies.

The notice also included that Pangasius fish should also not be kept in home freezer/fridge because it can poison other food items through cross-contamination. It also suggested that the mold in food can lead to throat and respiratory problems.

Talking to the media, a PFA official told that they had issued a notification against Pangasius frozen fish that develops molds in it and therefore is highly injurious to human health.