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Stick to New Zealand fish


There's little chance of being poisoned by the tropical fish toxin ciguatera in New Zealand, the Ministry of Primary Industries says.

A Whakatane woman, Amanda Austrin, spent more than 30 weeks in hospital after she ate a toxic fish while holidaying in Fiji last year.

Eighteen months after her trip, Ms Austrin is still unable to eat or take fluids without the help of a machine, suffers hot and cold reversals and vomits daily.

She shared her story to warn travellers to Australia and the Pacific Islands not to eat reef fish.

There is no known antidote to the toxin, which is odourless, tasteless and found in tropical predator fish such as ...