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28/01/2009 Blowfish Poisoning Sends 7 to Hospital Seven diners who ate a Japanese delicacy of blowfish testicles were hospitalised after developing trouble breathing, paralysis and respiratory failure. Two men are still in a serious condition.

Blowfish, of the Tetraodontidae family, contain the neurotoxin tetrodotoxin which can lead to paralysis and death.

In Japan, specialised chefs carefully prepare the dish, the idea is to leave just enough poison to cause the lips to tingle.
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University of Otago NZ National Poisons Centre

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