NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas Agricultural Health and Food Safety Authority’s (BAHFSA) Food Safety and Quality Unit has asked that all conch vendors discontinue the preparation and sale of raw/fresh conch dishes immediately.
The disclaimer comes amidst increased reports of conch poisoning in recent weeks.
At the end of last month, the authority cautioned consumers to avoid eating “fresh conch” or conch that is suspected to have been improperly handled or prepared until the source of contamination can be determined.
In a statement yesterday, the BAHFSA went further with its warnings, advising that an active multi-agency investigation is currently ongoing to determine the cause of the suspected conch poisoning.
“Note that the purchasing and/or consumption of raw conch will be at your own risk,” the authority said.
The investigation is in collaboration with the Public Hospitals Authority, Princess Margaret Hospital Microbiology Laboratory, the Food Safety and Technology Laboratory in the Department of Marine Resources and the Environmental Monitoring and Risk Assessment Division (EMRAD) Public Analyst Laboratory in the Department of Environmental Health Services.