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Consumers shunning fish


Surplus: Housewife Elina is one of the few customers still buying fish following reports of mass fish deaths.

Surplus: Housewife Elina is one of the few customers still buying fish following reports of mass fish deaths.

JOHOR BARU: Worried consumers are staying away from fish caught in the waters of Tanjung Kupang following reports of mass fish deaths there.

Hosuewife Elina Daniel, 55, said that she was worried the fish is poisonous and not safe for consumption.

“I make it a point to ask about the origin of the fish sold.

“I would not purchase fish from the Gelang Patah area,” she said when met at the Kampung Melayu market here on Monday.

Another housewife V Jaya, 49, said that she would prefer not to buy fish but it is her daughter’s main protein source.

“Luckily, my fishmonger assured that his supply is not from there,” she said.

A check by The Star revealed that most of the fish is from Terengganu and Kuantan while some are brought in from East Johor including Mersing and Tanjung Sedili.

Fishmonger Abdullah Faidi Rahmat, 44, from Tanjung Kupang said that sales have dropped by about 60%.

“My customers, who are mostly Singaporean, have stopped coming here to purchase fish.”

   

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