Big fish recall: Man is in a coma after eating fish

Big fish recall: Man is in a coma after eating fish

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Fish is recalled: man in NRW is in a coma after eating fish

In North Rhine-Westphalia, a man lies in a coma after eating dried fish. The patient suffers from botulism, a life-threatening poisoning that can be caused by eating spoiled meat or fish. The fish supplier strongly warns against the consumption of various fish products.

The Lower Saxony "Ocean Fish Wholesaler" warns against the consumption of dried fish of the species "roach without exception, crucian carp, perch, trout, pike, all dried and salted". "It cannot be ruled out that eating dried fish in humans will trigger life-threatening botulism poisoning," the company wrote in a message published by the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety on its portal "". The poisoning is triggered by the toxin botulinum toxin.

Life-threatening illness

The reason for the warning is the life-threatening illness of a patient in the district of Lippe, in whom the poison in the blood had been detected. According to media reports, the man is in a coma. The district of Lippe pointed out a few days ago that the specialist area of ​​veterinary and consumer protection has taken protective measures:

"After the suspicion of possible fish poisoning became known, all the dried fish in the affected retailer A&N Markt was preventively secured," says a message.

It was not possible to determine what type of fish the affected patient was eating. Therefore, as a precautionary measure, Ozean Fischgroßhandel GmbH warns against the consumption of all dried fish that have been delivered to the market in which the patient has bought.

Offered mainly in Russian supermarkets

The following products are affected by the warning, which is offered primarily in Russian supermarkets:

  • Roach (rutilus rutilus) without exception; dried and salted best before 12.11.2019, LOT180219
  • Roach (rutilus rutilus) excluded; dried and salted MHD05.03.2020, LOT180319
  • Crucian carp (Carssius Gibelio) dried and salted best before May 27, 2020, LOT170519
  • Perch (Perca fluvictilis) dried and salted MHD27.05.2020, LOT170519
  • Trout (Oncorhynchus Mykiss) dried and salted MHD09.03.2020, LOT140619
  • Pike (Esox lucius) dried and salted BBD July 11, 2020, LOT March 18, 2019

If symptoms occur, see a doctor immediately

“Botulism is severe food poisoning that can be life-threatening. The disease is caused by eating poorly preserved foods that contain botulinum toxin. The bacterium Clostridium botulinum produces this toxin, ”explains the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) on its website.

“Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin that blocks the signal transmission from nerve to muscle cells. As a result, paralysis occurs, for example from the arms and legs and the respiratory muscles to respiratory arrest, ”it continues.

The Kreis Lippe indicates that people who experience symptoms such as unusual headaches and nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, symptoms of paralysis or shortness of breath per se should immediately consult a doctor or the Lip Clinic. (ad)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.


  • Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety: Public warning from the ocean Fischgroßhandel GmbH, (access: 14.08.2019),
  • Lippe district: case of botulism in Lippe: warning of consumption of dried fish, (access: 14.08.2019), Lippe district
  • Techniker Krankenkasse (TK): What is botulism ?, (accessed: 14.08.2019), Techniker Krankenkasse (TK)

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