What Are Fugu Poisoning Symptoms? Toxic Fish Mistakenly Sold In Japan

Elias Hubbard
January 16, 2018

Emergency system loudspeakers in Gamagori, central Japan, warned residents that a supermarket had sold packages of fugu without removing the liver, one of the deadliest parts of the notorious fish, SBS reports.

Three packages of the risky delicacy have already been located and will be retrieved, but the authorities still don't know where the remaining two are, Takayanagi added.

'We are calling for residents to avoid eating fugu, using Gamagori city's emergency wireless system, ' which broadcasts over loudspeakers located around the city.

Japanese fugu fish is deadly to humans if incorrectly prepared.

The delicacy is so poisonous that the smallest mistake in its preparation can be fatal.

Pufferfish such as fugu are considered winter delicacies and often served by restaurants as sashimi or in a hotpot.

The puffer fish's organs - especially its liver, ovaries, and intestines - contain tetrodotoxin. Eating it could potentially end up in paralysis, coma, or death. The report added diagnosis will be done depending on the clinical symptoms and a history of ingestion.

The part of the fish that contains the deadly poison differs from one kind of fugu to another.

"Eating a blowfish liver can paralyse motor nerves, and in a serious case cause respiratory arrest leading to death", regional officials said in a warning statement.

Despite the rigorous training, dozens of people are thought to suffer from fugu poisoning every year, with several deaths among that number.

There is a collaboration between US and the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare, which assures the fugu fish imported to the country are processed efficiently and certified safe for consumption.

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