Stop consuming grilled grouper containing Tetrodotoxin

Issue Date 15.6.2012
Source of Information The Centre for Food Safety (CFS)
Food Product Grilled Grouper
Product Name and Description

Product name: "ACE Family" Grilled grouper (original)
Importer/Retailer/Packer: Great Pilot International Ltd
Place of origin: Thailand
Best before date: February 15, 2013
Packing size: 95 grammes

Reason For Issuing Alert The concerned product contained Tetrodotoxin, a potent toxin, with levels ranging from 0.31 mg to 1.7 mg/kg.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety Dispose of the remaining stock of the concerned product surrendered by the importer/retailer/packer.

Instruct the importer/retailer/packer to recall the products from customers.

Issue a warning letter to the concerned company.

Inform the Thai authorities.
Advice to the Trade Stop selling the concerned product and conduct a recall.
Advice to Consumers Not to consume the concerned grilled grouper or grilled grouper of other flavours of the same brand from the above importer/retailer/packer.

Return the remaining grilled grouper to the importer/retailer/packer.

Seek medical advice immediately if symptoms develop after consuming the concerned product. The risk assessment indicated that the consumption of about one pack of the concerned product may reach the minimum dosage of causing poisoning symptoms, such as appearance of numbness sensation over the face and extremities.
Further Information

The CFS press release

The concerned importer/retailer/packer had initiated a product recall and set up a hotline at 2234 4868 during office hours.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department