SPECIES of mud crabs consumed locally are not poisonous, says North Divisional fisheries officer Joji Vakawaletabua.
Mr Vakawaletabua was responding to queries on the toxicity of crabs in Fiji.
He said all known local species of mud crabs were harmless.
"We have the land mud crab which is labelled as poisonous but if consumed, it is not lethal enough to cause death," Mr Vakawaletabua said.
"There has never been any case of poisoning from crabs ever. All recorded crabs in Fiji waters that we know are harmless nor has there been a new species found anywhere in Fiji."
Earlier on, the Ministry of Health attributed the death of a girl to the consumption of a new species of crab in Macuata over the last weekend.
Mr Vakawaletabua said no new species of crabs had been found anywhere in the North.
He maintained that all known species of mud crabs and crabs were not toxic as claimed.
"It could be similar to the case in Suva where a nurse died after eating mana (mud crabs) sold at the Suva market."