What’s wrong with fish in Papua New Guinea

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — A number of products that people eat are dangerous and even very dangerous.

For example, puffer fish, improper preparation of which can lead to severe poisoning and death. Or pagpag – pulled out from the trash and fried in oil products that are literally teeming with bacteria.

But sometimes even the most ordinary products turn into murder weapons due to external factors. The history of Papua New Guinea is very revealing in this sense.

According to ABC News, a completely healthy man died after he ate fish caught in a local river . Cause? Probably an accident at a Chinese nickel plant, which led to the spill of waste. And although the owners of the enterprise deny their involvement in the death of a man, officials tend to think differently – and therefore insist on an investigation.

Now in the province of Madang, where everything happened, there is a ban on the consumption of local fish. But it’s clear that controlling this is quite difficult. So the authorities hope for the awareness of residents and the vigilance of tourists.

It is estimated that some 200,000 liters of toxic liquid have been released into Basambuk Bay .

In fairness, after the accident, the bay turned red, and at least one dolphin was added to the dead fish, which indicates the seriousness of the situation. It is very likely that the accident affected marine creatures far beyond the “dead zone”, and therefore even a fish without visible signs of pollution is a threat.

However, there are some inconsistencies here.

For example, one doctor who claims that a man died due to eating the same puffer fish, which does not have to be poisoned to become dangerous. Is it possible to take his word for it (he did not provide any evidence) – the question is obvious.

What does this story teach us? At a minimum – the fact that when you go on vacation , you should read the news about the country you are traveling to in order to rid yourself of unnecessary risks. Agree, a simple and working strategy.


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