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Ever Wanted to try the Deadly Puffer Fish? due to an Error you might!

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posted on May, 25 2007 @ 02:57 PM

all thanks to mislabeled monkfish

Packages of fish imported from China into the United States and labelled as monkfish intended for consumers to eat, could actually be puffer fish containing the deadly toxin tetrodotoxin. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have today warned consumers not to buy or eat the mislabelled fish. Eating the puffer fish could cause serious illness and even death.

The FDA has analysed samples of the puffer fish and confirm that it does contain potentially life-threatening levels of tetrodotoxin.

The product was imported into the US by the California-based Hong Chang Corp, of Santa Fe Springs.

While the FDA allows puffer fish to be imported into the US, it is only under strict terms to minimize the risk of the fish being toxic. These mislabelled puffer fish were not imported under these terms and the FDA is currently chasing all imports from the Chinese supplier.

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[edit on 5/25/2007 by a1ex]

posted on May, 25 2007 @ 03:52 PM
Off topic really but...

That monk fish looks terrifying!

posted on May, 27 2007 @ 07:48 AM
That`s a little odd.

Fugu (pufferfish) has a very white meat, almost translucent when sliced thin, and is quite firm (almost rubbery, which is why it tends to be served in very thin slices). Monkfish is quite different - it tends to have more of a fois gras appearance. I can`t see how anyone could make that mistake.

Been a few of these food scares recently. Reminds me of that story from the 80`s with the grapes laced with ...cyanide, was it? Turned out to be something of a hoax, but it got americans off of imported fruit for a little bit.

posted on May, 29 2007 @ 11:36 AM
I remember in OZ we used to cacth loads of small puffer fish and at the end of our fiching used to throw them onto the road so the cars could pop them

posted on May, 29 2007 @ 11:41 AM

I remember in OZ we used to cacth loads of small puffer fish and at the end of our fiching used to throw them onto the road so the cars could pop them

wow, thats pretty nice of you.
karma my friend, karma...

posted on May, 29 2007 @ 11:55 AM
Could it of been a way of getting past the import restrictions?

Is puffer fish expensive? it's a bit exotic for me, i'll stick to what I know.

posted on May, 29 2007 @ 12:05 PM
That's pretty scary. I've never had fugu, and don't see the point. I prefer the slow method via Greasy Cheeseburger & Onion Rings of Death.

Monkfish is something I've purchased. It's also known as "poor man's lobster" and is quite tasty.

Last thing I heard was the Chinese had sent us tainted pet food. Now it's poison fish. Almost sounds deliberately conspiratorial, eh?

posted on May, 29 2007 @ 12:28 PM
I've a tetraodon lineatus. He is kewl, he killls to kill.

they can bite through bone like it was a cracker.

posted on Jul, 6 2007 @ 02:27 PM
Its too bad you americans cant catch any Pickeral mm they are tasty.

posted on Jul, 6 2007 @ 04:17 PM

Originally posted by seridium
Its too bad you americans cant catch any Pickeral mm they are tasty.

What do you mean? I used to catch them all the time. In America.

On Topic..
I was at the seafood dept. of our grocery store a couple of days ago.
50 percent was "produced in China". It's getting to the point where they could replace that phrase, with a simple Skull and crossbones.

Forrest Gump, the World famous shrimper..Didn't he used to say "Life is like a Chinese Fishfarm, you never know what you're gonna get"

posted on Jan, 30 2012 @ 05:56 PM

How the puffer fish gets you high, zombifies you, and kills you

Puffer fish, or fugu, is well-known for being a dish that stands a good chance of killing the person it's served to. But people still eat it — partly because some people like living life on the edge, but mostly because all people like getting high. Find out how the puffer fish helps them get there.

The puffer fish, any one of the family of tetraodontidae, protects itself in the wild by gulping down water and swelling up its belly to make itself look bigger. It does this because, apparently, it can't find a way to communicate the simple message, "I am poisonous." These fish are considered the second most poisonous vertebrates in the world. They contain a toxin 1,200 more deadly than cyanide. It's in their skin, their ovaries, their gonads, and their liver. One fish can kill thirty people.

So of course it seems like a spin worthy of Barnum to label them a 'delicacy,' and charge hundreds of dollars a serving for them. A closer examination of the work that goes into making puffer fish, or fugu, shows that the price is fair. Fugu chefs have to be trained for two years, during which they will eat many of the fish that they themselves prepare. And make no mistake, people do die from fugu poisoning. About five people a year make puffer fish their last meal, and many more get violently sick from it. It's not a pleasant way to go.

The poison, tetrodotoxin, is actually produced by the bacteria that the fish allows to colonize its various parts. Tetrodotoxin is a neurotoxin, meaning it takes out the nervous system as it moves through the body. This may sound like a relatively painless death, with the brain going offline quickly. That's not the case. The toxin starts with the extremities. The first place people notice it is in the lips. Then the fingers. There's a tingling numbness, and a loss of control. This is a sign that it's time to get to the hospital. The toxin moves inwards from there, taking out the muscles, often causing weakness, while paradoxically bringing on vomiting and diarrhea. Then tetrodotoxin hits the diaphragm. This is the large, muscular membrane in the chest that lets the lungs breathe in and out. The respiratory system is paralyzed while the person is still fully conscious.

Eventually the toxin does get to the brain, but only after the person involved has felt their body being paralyzed completely, entombing them inside. Even then, some people aren't lucky enough to completely lose consciousness. There are people who report being conscious, either occasionally or continually, throughout their coma.

These people may still be luckier than some puffer fish victims. Wade Davis, who wrote about the famous Clairvius Narcisse case of a person becoming a 'zombie,' claimed that puffer fish toxin, along with other neurotoxins, was used to first make a person seem dead, then take out their higher brain function and cause them to become a zombie. Davis' research, though initially promising when rats rubbed with the toxin became sluggish and seemed 'zombified,' has been called into question. Some people now think that Narcisse was simply mentally ill, and Davis had coached or at least been too willing to believe his story.

Still, with the threat of horrible death via full-body paralysis and the chance to be a mindless zombie, why people eat puffer fish at all seems a mystery. If someone were serving up a steaming bowl of strychnine, there wouldn't be any takers (unless it was from one of those darling gourmet food trucks). It turns out that neurotoxins, though vicious killers, get people pretty high, provided the doses are low enough. One scientist, who had been bitten by a snake with neurotoxic venom, described it as the kind of peaceful light-headed feeling that people are supposed to get in the last few moments before they drown. That, combined with a tingling body, is enough to risk lives for. In fact, one of the complaints of fugu enthusiasts is that the chefs know their business too well, and too cleanly remove the organs from the fish, leaving just thin, safe slices of fish for the disappointed guests to eat. Some guests dredge their portions lightly in the toxin to feel the tingle. Bandō Mitsugorō VIII, an famous actor, deliberately ordered four fugu livers to feel the rush and claimed the poison wouldn't hurt him. He died seven hours later.

The face of fugu may be changing, though. Fisheries have begun breeding fugu in environments free of the bacteria that produce the poison. These fish are harmless, and can be prepared and served by anyone. Naturally, this is getting kick back from both ends of the spectrum. Consumers aren't quite as interested in the puffer fish if it's just another fish. Meanwhile the National Fugu Association won't hear of serving

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