Cases of hepatitis A related to frozen cocaine in Peru


The Spanish Food Safety and Nutrition Agency (AESAN) has ordered the withdrawal from the market of certain batches of frozen cocaine from Peru due to cases of hepatitis A related to their consumption.

These batches (with a packaging date after 2007) will be composed of bivalve molluscs called ‘donax trunculus’, known in some regions as cochineal and in others as calf.

The five cases of hepatitis A, together with 24 other cases probably related to the consumption of this mollusc, were detected by the Valencian Community Public Health Services, which immediately reported this to the Ministry of Health through the Spanish warning network SCIRI (Coordinated System for the Rapid Exchange of Food Information) and the National Epidemiological Surveillance Network.

An alarm that was communicated to the other communities and during the night “practically” all the frozen product that is in the distribution chain was removed. Although, as the Minister of Health and Consumption, Bernat Soria, said, it is very likely that many families have frozen cocaine or veal in their homes.

[alert type=white ] Kokina, veal or pica (Donax trunculus) is a two-headed mollusk without a head from the family Donacidae. It stretches along the European coast of the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean, buried shallowly in the sand near the shore, to a depth of about 20 meters.
Source: Wikipedia [/alert]

Given this possibility, Bernat Soria recommended that citizens check their homes for frozen cocaine or veal from Peru if they belong to infected batches, and thus avoid consuming them. These products must be returned by end users and the restaurants where they were purchased.

The disease starts suddenly and is usually mild. Typical symptoms are fever, headache, fatigue, malaise, poor appetite, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, followed within a few days by jaundice (yellowing of the skin) and the appearance of dark urine. The general evolution is towards complete recovery without consequences or relapses. In addition, of the five confirmed cases of infection in Valencia, none of those affected were hospitalized.

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This product was exported to Spain by Gamp Corporation and imported by the following companies, which have distributed the product throughout almost the entire national territory and in various formats: Grapesca SL, under the brand Peixet Fish No., SL., which markets this product under the name PCS and “Antonio and Ricardo, quality foodMascato SLwhich sells cokinas under the name The mascot.

In the event that more cases may occur, the public health authorities of the various Autonomous Communities shall develop special monitoring of the health alarm.

It is clear that the health warning system worked more correctly than when the Ukrainian sunflower oil happened



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