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Blowfish Testicles Poison 7 Diners in Japan

Chef served dangerous dish without license, cops say

(Newser) - World travelers, take note. Blowfish testicles prepared by an unauthorized chef have sickened seven diners in northern Japan, three of whom remain hospitalized. The owner of the Tsuruoka restaurant had no license to serve blowfish and was being questioned on suspicion of professional negligence. Blowfish poison, called tetrodotoxin, is nearly... More »

Hard to Swallow: 8 Taboo Delicacies

Death-defying gourmet dishes can be tough to find

(Newser) - The return of foie gras to Chicago's menus inspires Newsweek to list dishes still considered too dicey to serve:
  1. Maggot cheese: Injected with larvae that pose health risks
  2. Puffer fish: Incorrectly prepared fugu can be fatal
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Japanese Fight Over Detoxed Delicacy

Fugu liver can now be safe, but traditionalists don't want it served

(Newser) - One of Japan's prized delicacies is having an identity crisis: fugu, the pricey puffer fish that's poisonous unless prepared correctly, now has a farmed cousin that's harmless, the New York Times reports. But gourmands looking forward to eating fugu liver—the most delicious and potentially deadly part of the fish—... More »

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