Tainted orca meat prompts health warning in Pond Inlet

Trichinella confirmed in recently harvested killer whale

Nunavut’s Health Department issued a public health advisory Wednesday about a trichinella infection in uncooked meat in an orca recently harvested near Pond Inlet. (File photo by David Venn)

By Nunatsiaq News

The orca recently harvested near Pond Inlet has tested positive for trichinella, prompting Nunavut’s Health Department to issue a warning to hamlet residents who ate uncooked killer whale meat.

Hunters from the hamlet harvested an orca on Monday.

Anyone who ate any uncooked meat and has experienced stomach pain, muscle pain, diarrhea, swollen eyelids, sweating or weakness might have been infected with trichinella, according to a public health advisory issued Wednesday.

People with those symptoms should tell their health-care provider that they had eaten uncooked killer whale meat, according to the public health advisory issued by the government on Wednesday.

Trichinella causes trichinosis in humans, a digestive tract ailment, caused by eating uncooked meat.

The Health Department encouraged Nunavummiut to ask if meat has been tested for trichinella before they eat it. It can only be killed by cooking — not by freezing or fermenting the meat, the advisory said.

Hunters can protect their communities by getting their meat tested. The government thanked hunters who do choose to have meat tested for trichinella before giving out to people.


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(3) Comments:

  1. Posted by 867 on

    Hence the name “killer” whale.

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  2. Posted by Qavvigarjuk on

    I am sure they ate the muktaq (skin) and not the meat ( muscle) where trichinosis cysts embed.

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