By Island Hospital | Feb 27, 2020 3:28:48 PM

Now, this isn’t a surprise, but RAW seafood can be delicious (although it isn’t food everyone’s palate can handle).

But can it also be a health hazard? Yes, it can.

Food poisoning from food like sushi and sashimi is rather common. With wrong handling methods, bacteria such as salmonella and listeria, tapeworm, roundworm, or flatworm parasites which are impossible to see, smell, or taste can turn each bite of delicious cuisine into nasty chaos for our digestive system.

And they aren’t the only health hazards lying in wait from eating raw seafood either. Viruses and pathogens come with the territory too.

To prevent all those nasty infections from taking hold of you, raw fish must be frozen to at least minus 20 degrees Celsius for 24 hours.

Don’t forget to make sure any raw seafood you’re gonna consume is FRESH and perhaps even live right before consumption (sounds gross, but still delicious)!

However, no matter how much you enjoy eating raw seafood, certain people can be at a much higher risk of infections and the like even when being careful.

These people include those with compromised immune systems, pregnant women, babies, young children, and adults in their twilight years.

If you’re in this category (and unless living dangerously is your style), stay on the safe side and make sure to thoroughly cook raw fish.

So, to eat or not to eat?

PS: If you’ve eaten anything that upset your stomach, make an appointment with us!

Make your appointment here:

Better be safe than sorry.