「国際ふぐ協会」会報 vol.78


Hello, this is Furukawa, the representative. Golden Week is in full swing.
Overseas travel has increased significantly for the first time in three years, with a maximum of 9 consecutive holidays.
All over Japan is busy, and hotel prices are soaring.
The classification of the new coronavirus in Japan under the Infectious Diseases Act will also be lowered to type 5, masks and partitions for eating and drinking will disappear, and the situation will return to the previous state.


1. Pufferfish poisoning death in Malaysia
This is a follow-up to last month's news about an elderly couple in Johor Bahru who got poisoned by blowfish.
After her wife died, her husband also died.
The Johor Bahru Health Department immediately banned the sale of pufferfish, considered prosecuting the seller who sold it, and announced the detailed findings in about three weeks.


When I checked with the owner of a Japanese restaurant in Johor Bahru, the impact gradually diminished, but at first, Japanese cuisine, in general, was also criticized. I realized again that one of the characteristics of pufferfish eating is that one accident can have a considerable adverse effect.

<Introduction of blowfish in Malaysian media>

またマレーシア東部のサラワク州のベトンではフグに捧げる「ペスタ・イカン・ブンタル」 という祭もあったようで、村人たちは、カレーやスパイシーなタマリンドソースで調理したり、焼いたり揚げたりして、フグを食している。
マレーシアの水域で最も一般的な種は、明るい黄色の尾で知られるLagocephalus lunaris(毒サバフグ⁈)です。


In eastern Malaysian state Sarawak, there was even a festival in Betong called Pesta Ikan Buntal dedicated to the fish.
The villagers there would seek the puffer fish for its tasty flesh, cooked in curry or spicy tamarind sauce, grilled or fried.
Meanwhile, in Sabah – especially among the Bajau and Suluk ethnicities – there is a dish known locally as "sagol" or "sinagol",
which commonly consists of puffer fish meat and liver cooked in spices and turmeric.
The most common species in Malaysian waters, he said, is the Lagocephalus lunaris (Lunartail puffer ), which is noted for its bright yellow tail.
According to the Fisheries Department, a total of 1,337 tonnes of puffer fish were caught in 2020.


Due to this accident, information on dangerous foods such as pufferfish and enokimushrooms mushrooms was disseminated on the Singapore NEWS program.

消費されると、毒素は 10 分以内に窒息死を引き起こす可能性があります。 SFAのウェブサイトによると、解毒剤はありません。
しかし、魚は生まれつき有毒ではありません。 彼らは食事を通して毒素を蓄積し、それを食べられることに対する防御メカニズムとして使用します. カタツムリやミミズなど、毒素を含む獲物を食べたことのない養殖フグには毒はありません。
SFA によると、シンガポールにはフグをメニューに載せたレストランがあるが、食品安全上の制限により偶発的な中毒の可能性は限られている。
フグは、日本の当局によって認定および認可された専門のフグ料理人によって、SFA 認可施設で調理されたものでなければなりません。との冷静なコメントで少し安心しました。

The Japanese delicacy – also known as fugu – contains a toxin called tetrodotoxin,
which cannot be destroyed by cooking. When consumed, the toxin can cause death by suffocation within 10 minutes.
There is no antidote, according to SFA's website. One should also never consume
The fish is, however, not born poisonous.
They accumulate the toxin through their diet and use it as a defence mechanism against being eaten.
Farmed pufferfish which have never consumed prey containing the toxin, such as snails and worms, are not poisonous.
SFA said there are restaurants in Singapore with pufferfish on the menu, but food safety restrictions limit the likelihood of accidental poisoning.
For example, only Japan is approved to export pufferfish to Singapore.
The pufferfish must have been prepared in SFA-licensed establishments by expert pufferfish chefs who have been certified and licensed by the Japanese authorities.
The calm comment above made me feel a little better.


In 2017, when pufferfish food poisoning also occurred in Malaysia,
we cooperated with the Japanese government and JETRO to explain the safety of Japanese pufferfish to the head of the Malaysian Health Authority.
We petitioned that the importation of pufferfish from Japan was not prohibited, and the authority accepted it.

<The lady in the blue dress is the Director of Health, Food Quality and Safety Department, Ministry of Health, Malaysia>


Suppose there are concerns about this accident again. In that case, we plan to hold a similar briefing session. Still, first of all, by cooperating with the Embassy of Japan in Malaysia,
we are considering implementing PR advertisements that emphasize safety, deliciousness, and the benefits of importing Japanese Fugu to Malaysia.
With the cooperation of the Japanese government, we would like to schedule the right time.

2. 中国から養殖オスフグの便り

2. News of farmed male blowfish from China
I heard from the Chinese Fisheries Association that the male-farmed puffer fish will be shipped this season.
Male-farmed Fugu is also produced in Japan, but China is a large producer, so the value of highly rare milt may change.
In Japan, it attracts attention because the Shirako (milt) yield at the beginning of the year was terrible.
Even so, it is unfair that China does not officially import a single Fugu from Japan.
If the situation were reversed, Japan would immediately ban the importation of blowfish from the other country.


3. Fukushima water discharge
One of the things I'm worried about this year is the release of treated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
It is expected to be implemented by summer.
Of course, ALPS (Advanced Liquid Processing System)-treated water is scientifically safe,
but many countries, such as China and South Korea, are against it, so I'm worried about the impact.
Also, since around September every year, the Minamisoma Fishery Cooperative has been catching many wild tiger pufferfish, so it shouldn't be damaged by rumors.
We are considering whether we can advertise the safety of our fish at the International Seafood Show in August.

第25回 ジャパン・インターナショナル・シーフードショー (seafoodshow-japan.com/tokyo/)
25th Japan International Seafood Show (seafoodshow-japan.com/tokyo/)
This year's exhibition scale is 1,000 booths, and the Agrifood Expo Tokyo will be revived, and 25,000 buyers are expected to visit.
 We will also do a Fugu pavilion, so let's promote it together!
We look forward to hearing from you

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