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Tiger Fugu is a popular delicacy in Japan and it is probably eaten 10,000 tons in Japan every year, when it is high season, tiger fugu can cause you $265 per kilo. T

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Tiger Fugu is a popular delicacy in Japan and it is probably eaten 10,000 tons in Japan every year, when it is high season, tiger fugu can cause you $265 per kilo. There are over 120 species of puffer fish, 22 different kinds are approve by the Japanese government for the use in restaurants, but one is more prized and more poisonous than the other, ToraFugu, or Tiger Puffer Fish.

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Wild Torafugu is often found at high end restaurant, where it’s served as a perfectly thinly sliced Sashimi, deep fried, and even use to make hot sake called “Hirazake”, sourcing the fish can be also tricky, in Haedomari market, the Fugu is auctioned off using a bag and hidden hand signal. Each potential buyers put their hands in a bag and make their bid secretly before a successful bidder is chosen.

You must known when selling such a dangerous food, safety is paramount. In 2018, when a supermarket accidentally sold five packets of the fish, that hadn’t had the poisonous liver removed, the town used it missile alert system to warn resident.

The testrodotoxin found in Fugu is more toxic than cyanide and in each year about 20 people are poisoned from badly prepared fish. Fugu becomes more expensive because it takes a lot of high trained chef to prepared the food, exam are been conducted and license issued for qualified chef to prepare this delicacy.

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