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    Default Sushi Parasite Has Increased 283x in Nearly 40 Years

    Olivia Rosane
    Mar. 20, 2020

    The population of a marine parasite that sometimes worms its way into sushi has increased by 283 times in the last nearly 40 years, a University of Washington (UW)-led study has found.
    The study, published in Global Change Biology Thursday, reviewed the literature and found a significant rise in the abundance of the parasite Anisakis, or "herring worm." This isn't especially concerning for humans, who experience the worm as a nasty bout of food poisoning that then resolves, but it could have serious consequences for marine mammals, who play host to the parasites for years.

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    Default Re: Sushi Parasite Has Increased 283x in Nearly 40 Years

    My disabled SIL and I eat at a new Chinese buffet quite often, and they have a sushi bar. I (and SIL) would never touch the stuff with a 10' pole. From what I've read, sushi is quite problematic healthwise. The only raw seafood I have ever eaten in my younger days back east, were Littleneck clams with lemon and spicy tomato seafood sauce, and even then I finally got scared of eating them due to adverse health reports, and insisted on only eating them steamed in a pressure cooker with butter.

    PS: The more I think about it, to what extent, if any, are canned fished heated, (pasteurized?), or are some raw such as canned tuna, sardines, anchovies, mackerel, herring, etc??? I enjoy Vita herring in wine sauce, does the wine or perhaps vinegar cure that???
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    Default Re: Sushi Parasite Has Increased 283x in Nearly 40 Years

    My understanding is that the vast majority of sushi in the Western world is prepared with "cooked" seafood. Sushi prepared with raw seafood domestically is quite rare. Most state & local health depts. vigorously monitor raw sushi bars. So, most restaurant owners don't want the scrutiny. Also, almost all (like 99.9%) of "domestic" canned fish and seafood is cooked, using a variety of methods. The same cannot be said for Asian canned seafood, where food safety regulations don't always require cooked canned seafood. Bottom line: read the label to determine the origin of the canned seafood--not "packed by" but where the actual fish originated. If the can doesn't explicit state the origin of the canned seafood, don't buy it.

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    Default Re: Sushi Parasite Has Increased 283x in Nearly 40 Years

    A lot of commercial fishing is done on factory trawlers where the fish are caught, processed, and either canned or frozen right on board, thereby possibly making the origin of the fish questionable.

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    Default Re: Sushi Parasite Has Increased 283x in Nearly 40 Years

    Good point. If the factory trawlers abide by international and domestic laws, origin of fish would not be an issue. The United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) and several U.S. regulations require trawlers to document the amount, type, location, etc. etc. of fish/seafood was caught.

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    Default Re: Sushi Parasite Has Increased 283x in Nearly 40 Years

    I would be exceedingly surprised to learn that it's possible to can any kind of food in the absence of extreme heat.
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    Default Re: Sushi Parasite Has Increased 283x in Nearly 40 Years

    I always assumed all canned food was pressure cooked in the can. Is it possible to can raw food?
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    Default Re: Sushi Parasite Has Increased 283x in Nearly 40 Years

    No, Julieanne. Just...no.
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