Japanese hunt for deadly blowfish sold in supermarket error

5 2012 a pufferfish known as fugu in Japan is seen on a chopping board to remove toxic internal organs at a restaurant

5 2012 a pufferfish known as fugu in Japan is seen on a chopping board to remove toxic internal organs at a restaurant"Torafugu-tei in Tokyo

Officials in Gamagōri, in central Japan, were left with no choice but to activate the city's emergency warning system after packets of the fugu fish were sold without having their livers removed.

The health ministry ordered the store to recall all the blowfish packages and suspend their sale, but the store told officials that it will no longer sell blowfish, Ohashi said.

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.

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

The officials are using loudspeakers, which are used to make announcements during an quake and other disasters, to alert residents.

Certain parts of pufferfish contain tetrodotoxin - which can lead to paralysis and potentially death if consumed.

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Pufferfish, or fugu, is an expensive delicacy often served in the form of paper-thin sashimi slices. There is no known antidote to the poison.

A city in Japan has issued an emergency warning after a supermarket sold fugu fish without removing its poisonous liver.

"Fugu lovers say that the presence of a small amount of poison, and the tingling sensation which it produces in the lips and gums, enhances the pleasure of eating the fish", says The Times.

Several people in the country are killed each year because of the incorrect way or rashly trying to cook the fish.

"In Japan, we were eating fugu 8,000 years ago, and many people died because of the poison", chef Masato Sawahara said, as quoted by Prestige.

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