Breeding a safer Fugu

Quentin Dodd
May 23, 2018
By Quentin Dodd
It’s still not unknown for people in China to fall ill after eating the potentially poisonous fugu, also known as the puffer or blowfish. Fugu can be lethally poisonous owing to a potent neurotoxin that occurs naturally in its body. The fish must be carefully prepared to remove toxic parts and to avoid contaminating the meat.

However, Chinese researchers are working on a way to minimize the danger and at the Zhongyang Puffer Fish Center in Hai'an County they’ve found a way of breeding non-toxic versions of the puffer fish.

A report from the region says Hai'an County has become well known as a breeding centre for the puffer-fish industry, which also helps promote the development of local tourism.

Information from Hai’an County says that Jiangsu Zhongyang Group Co Ltd has dedicated years of research to discovering how to control and eliminate the poison in puffer fish, so it can successfully cultivate the species.


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