Tongue-eating parasites have been present in a container of sea bream that was refused entry at a UK port.
A container of fish that was meant for human consumption underwent a routine well being examine by the Suffolk Coastal Port Well being Authority (SCPHA) because it arrived in Felixstowe.
Nonetheless, the parasite, Cymothoa exigua, was discovered inside the ocean bream.
The organism feeds off the fish by changing its tongue.
The well being authority mentioned though the parasite was not a danger to human well being the batch of fish was under anticipated requirements.
Danut Cazacu, an official veterinary surgeon at SCPHA who found the well being hazard, mentioned: “Investigations are carried out at our discretion, so once we detect one thing is flawed, we will have extra of the consignment unloaded for additional examination.
“After checking extra cartons, it was obvious that many of the sea bream had been infested, so we denied the consignment’s entry into the UK.
“From there the importer can select to have it destroyed or despatched again to them, and on this case they selected the latter.”
The authority has made different uncommon discoveries in its consignments of meals through the years, together with maggots, stay bugs and a praying mantis.