Japan city uses loudspeakers to recall potentially deadly fugu fish

Last supper? Alert in Japan as deadly fugu fish sold by mistake in supermarket

"We are calling for residents to avoid eating fugu, using Gamagori city's emergency wireless system", which broadcasts over loudspeakers located around the city, local official Koji Takayanagi, was quoted in The Japan Times as saying.

Japanese fugu fish is deadly to humans if incorrectly prepared.

Three of five packages have so far been retrieved, local officials said.

Pufferfish such as fugu are considered winter delicacies and often served by restaurants as sashimi or in a hotpot. Every year in Japan people end up in hospital after eating pufferfish, sometimes they die. Its skin, intestines, ovaries, and liver contain tetrodotoxin, an extremely toxic substance, which is up to 1,200 times more poisonous than cyanide. According to a report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the strong neurotoxin found in fugu fish can result in death in 60 percent of the people who consume it.

With relation to diagnosis, the report said there is no particular antitoxin to combat the poison and treatment is supportive.

"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.

The blowfish is a renowned delicacy in Japan but their livers contain deadly toxins that must be removed before sale by highly specialised chefs. Only trained chefs with a license are allowed to prepare the fish for customers.

Fugu is one of Japan's most expensive delicacies, despite almost a dozen people having suffered agonizing deaths from its toxic parts over the past decade.

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