Osaka police raid elite 'tiger blowfish' restaurant
Japan Today -- Apr 01
A members-only Japanese restaurant serving the banned and deadly delicacy "tiger blowfish" liver has been raided, police said Thursday.

Blowfish-also known as pufferfish or balloonfish in the West-derive the name from their ability to expand into a nearly roundish shape as part of a defence to ward off predators.

Japanese gourmands adore the fish for the savoury light taste of its white meat, but parts of the liver and ovaries carry enough toxins to kill not just their natural enemies but human beings as well.

Chefs in Japan who prepare blowfish need a special license but are banned from offering up particularly poisonous parts such as the liver-which some brave epicureans are still willing to eat despite the risk.

In 1975, revered Kabuki actor Mitsugoro Bando died after eating blowfish liver in Kyoto.

The raid was conducted Monday, an Osaka prefectural police spokesman said, adding that no health problems have been reported at the restaurant.

But local food safety authorities have indefinitely banned the restaurant chain from serving blowfish, Osaka food safety officials said.

フグの肝を客に提供したとして、会員制フグ料理店を家宅捜索です。 会員制フグ料理店「大阪とらふぐの会」は1月中旬、大阪市東住吉区の店舗で、養殖のト­ラフグの肝臓を刺身や肝醤油として客に提供した疑いが持たれています。フグの肝臓は有­毒とされ、天然、養殖を問わず提供が禁止されています。
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