Would you risk food poisoning from a deli? The egyptians yes


Eating is supposed to be a pleasure, but it can also become a high-risk activity. Consuming certain dishes and products is a danger to health, such as the Japanese puffer fish. Would you be willing to risk a special food poisoning? Egyptians do, and they do it every year during the spring festivals by eating fermented fish.

In Egypt it is celebrated after the Pacua Orthodox the Sham el-nessim, a festival that unites Muslims and Copts alike to welcome spring. One of the most typical customs of the holidays is to eat the fesikh, a fish similar to mullet that is left to dry with salt to ferment. The problem is that you run the risk of botulism if you don't prepare it correctly.

The Egyptian Ministry of Health has been trying for years to make the population aware of the risks of consuming fesikh, which does not meet all the guarantees of health, but there are many who rush to prepare it ignoring the recommendations. Especially dangerous are the many street vendors who offer fish on the streets, without complying with the regulations.

Where is the problem in eating fesikh? To prepare this traditional dish, the fish is left to dry whole in the sun and is then cured with salt, producing fermentation. The result must be quite unpleasant for the uninitiated, and in fact it is difficult to distinguish a rotten Fesikh in poor condition from that which has been prepared correctly and without risk.

If fish is not gutted and is not cured with enough salt, it can develop bacteria that cause poisoning and botulism. Every year there are more or less serious hospitalizations, which on more than one occasion have ended in the death of some intoxicated.

But despite all the warnings from the authorities, the Egyptian population is not willing to give up what is one of their most beloved typical dishes. Beyond its flavor, which is not to everyone's taste, fesikh has strong cultural, festive and family connotations associated with it, and it is difficult to break traditions. Although they are a health risk.

If I was suddenly told that one of the typical holiday dishes that I like the most is dangerous for my health, perhaps it would be difficult for me to give it up. Although I cannot think of a similar example in our gastronomy, there are traditional dishes that many people "force" themselves to eat during some festivals, such as the gallinejas in San Isidro. But would we be willing to risk a delicatessen food poisoning?

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