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Old 04-07-2012, 06:08 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Ok, so if you have delicate sensibilities, stop reading right now.
Today, I bought some very nice looking Cod at Publix (never frozen). I had a hankering for some fried fish (which was a huge mistake, because it makes a big mess on my stove, but at least I can examine it before I cook it).
So, I placed the fish on a board, salt and peppered it, and dredged it with corn starch (per Alton Brown). I go back to begin putting on the batter and frying it, and there was a worm wiggling around next to the fish.
Worms gross me out. This makes me think I don't want to ever eat fish anymore.
Tomorrow, Publix is getting an earful.
This just freaks me out. I wonder how many worms are in previosly frozen fish, but they're not still moving?
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Old 04-07-2012, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Almost Paradise
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I found a worm in fresh Alaskan Salmon I bought at Publix. It wasn't their fault. My love of Alaskan Salmon came from a friend who fished in Alaska and brought it to me fresh. He said he bet I had eaten other fish with worms, but never knew because most fish is previously frozen.
Publix refunded my money--their customer service is outstanding. But, I haven't eaten Salmon since
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Old 04-07-2012, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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All wild animals have parasites. The ones in seafood are all harmless to humans. Nearly all in all other animals are hamless, too, and all are harmless if thoroughly cooked.

You're just lucky that the jilllions of parasites that have been in your food were too small to see.
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Old 04-07-2012, 07:34 PM
 
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I have found worms in walleyes and bass that I have caught out of very clean lakes.
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Old 04-07-2012, 07:37 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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I learned that there are over a hundred species of parasites that can be found in fish, but only 3 of them are potentially harmful to humans: Pseudoterranova decipiens (a.k.a. "cod worm" or "seal worm"), Anisakis Simplex, and Tapeworm ( most common in wild salmon and fresh water fish).
Becoming a host to anisakis worms by eating them live, can make you very sick - this disease is known as anisakiasis (symptoms mimicking Crohn's disease). Anisakis and cod worm can't reproduce in human and tape worm rarely make it into humans.
BTW: FDA requires all fish with a potential hazard of parasites that is intended for raw consumption to be previously frozen. ( freezing kills the parasites), so generally all that "fresh" sushi you've been eating is previously frozen.
If you cook you fish well ( 140+F) then you eat dead worms. Not a pretty picture, but no harm to your body. You can also freeze your fish at -4F for 7 days. ( Home freezers may not be cold enough to kill the parasites ).
Most worm infected fish: amberjack, sea trout, mackerel, catfish, salmon, pike, perch, lake trout, halibut, grayling, orange roughy, grouper, and turbot. Pretty much the common fish on market and in restaurants - make sure you order them well done.
Parasites > Fish and Parasites
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Old 04-07-2012, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Makes sushi sound a bit off-putting!
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Old 04-08-2012, 05:22 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I know it would have probably been harmless, and that we eat questionable things every day. It just grosses me out. Also, if I sold fish, I would at least look at it before I sell it...the worm was brown, the fish was white.
Part of me is thinking, if the worms are still alive, then at least the fish is probably fresh.
I guess I'm off of fish for awhile.

Elnina, I want to click on the fish parasites link, but I can't make myself do it.
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Old 04-08-2012, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Almost Paradise
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I know it would have probably been harmless, and that we eat questionable things every day. It just grosses me out. Also, if I sold fish, I would at least look at it before I sell it...the worm was brown, the fish was white.
Part of me is thinking, if the worms are still alive, then at least the fish is probably fresh.
I guess I'm off of fish for awhile.

Elnina, I want to click on the fish parasites link, but I can't make myself do it.
It really grossed me out too! But only for salmon; I still eat other fish.
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Old 04-08-2012, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Most fish or seafood sold in America is SUPPOSED to have been frozen...it kills worms/parasites!

That's why you shouldn't be too concerned about "fresh" sushi or other seafood. Previously frozen has the same taste, texture and nutrients....without the worms and other creepy crawlers!
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Old 04-08-2012, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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I am very wary about eating sushi. I have read that a freezing protocol for sushi is required......do they do it.....who knows. I prefer to cook my own or eat canned.
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