IMPORTS: Do You Dare Eat a Fugu?

Do You Dare Eat a Fugu?

Normally people's lives do not flash before their eyes when they eat sashimi. But a meal of Japanese fugu, or puffer fish, is no everyday dining experience. Because the fish's internal organs contain the nerve poison tetrodotoxin, Japanese gourmets rely on expert chefs to remove the toxic entrails before serving. Yet for several Japanese diners each year, usually those who clean the fish themselves, a fugu supper is their last.

Now adventurous diners can sample fugu outside Asia. Last week eight restaurants in Manhattan began serving the delicacy with approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which had conducted a...

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