Textured snails, commonly known as sea snails, wheat snails or white snails, are shaped like cones, similar in size to fingernails, and generally live on the bottom of offshore reefs or sand. Textured snails are non-toxic, but their growth environment will allow them to absorb lethal toxicity from the outside world. To prevent toxic textured snails from entering the market and endangering the health of the people, on April 9, Putian Market Supervision Administration Comprehensive Administrative Law Enforcement Detachment United City Marine and Fishery Law Enforcement Detachment visited many farmer’s markets and fresh supermarkets in Xiamo, Beimo, Chengnan, Chengbei, etc. to conduct related investigations on seafood stalls.
In the process of investigation, the staff used mobile phone pictures and random inquiries to inform seafood operators to strengthen their awareness of law-abiding, and consciously not to sell, process or consume textured snails. At the same time, early warning messages are posted to remind consumers that they should master relevant knowledge of food safety science and beware of food poisoning incidents caused by accidental eating of high-risk foods such as snails.
Textured snails, commonly known as conch snails, sea lion snails, wheat snails, or white snails. In some places, they are also called cut snails, small yellow snails, and cone snails. They are abundant in the areas of Jiangsu and Zhejiang on the southeast coast of Fujian. Near the sandy land and reef near the sea. The texture snail itself is non-toxic, and its lethal toxicity is obtained in the growth environment. Since the recent ovulation peak of pufferfish is also the season with frequent red tides, weave snails are poisoned by ingesting toxic algae, enriching and accumulating algae toxins. The main toxin that causes food poisoning is paralytic shellfish toxin, similar to puffer fish toxin , Poisoned patients mainly show symptoms of neurological palsy, and the mortality rate is relatively high. Among them, the oral lethal dose of the”Shofangha toxin” in the snails is 0.54-0.9 mg, and a small snail is likely to cause death.
As early as 2012, the Ministry of Health issued the”Announcement on the Prevention of Food Poisoning of Textured Snails”, clearly stipulating that no one shall collect, sell and eat textured snails from July 20, 2012. In recent years, there have been incidents of poisoning caused by eating snails in various places. The general public is requested to cherish their lives and refrain from eating snails.