Whistleblower: 'White tuna' on menu can be gut-wrenching

  • Article by: JANE FRIEDMANN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 20, 2012 - 2:28 PM

Escolar, a fish with unpleasant side effects, has been served in sushi under other names.

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mattstegFeb. 18, 12 6:57 PM

Escolar is absolutely delicious and one of my favorite fish for sushi, but moderation is important when dining on the "Olestra Fish" (more accurate of a label than ex-lax fish - both cause issues when eaten in excess by passing indigestible fats through the digestive tract).

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wildfoxFeb. 18, 12 8:13 PM

Anyone who eats raw fish needs their head examined. Wait until you acquire Ciguatera. Good luck with that!

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qryptik1Feb. 18, 12 8:29 PM

Ciguatoxin is very heat-resistant, so ciguatoxin-laden fish cannot be detoxified by conventional cooking. Comes from reef fish. I'll remember that next time I order barracuda in a sushi joint. Sushi Rocks, you are the crazy one. Escolar is yummy in moderation. One of my favorites.

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cylanthFeb. 18, 12 9:18 PM

Does anybody know whats in a Mcdonalds Filet O fish? Its not atlantic Cod, thats for sure. Its actually a fish called Hoki. a very ugly fish. But back to the subject, I have never gotten sick from sushi, including raw "white tuna", whether it was real tuna or not.

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skoehnFeb. 18, 12 9:32 PM

Thank you for this informative article. We ate at Aji in Hopkins and my son had their sushi bar and was very sick that night. I also had a stomachache. I wonder if we ate some escolar which I didn't know about.

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wildfoxFeb. 18, 1210:15 PM

qryptik1 ... Cigutera is from reef fish but I know someone who got it from eating sushi. She had never eaten fish for many years and the first time she did this was the result.

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jamue11eFeb. 18, 1210:42 PM

"It's packed with an indigestible waxy substance called gempylotoxin that can make people who eat too much of it ill for days with diarrhea, nausea, cramping and other effects." --- If that isn't a argument for eating in moderation right there, I don't know what is. Although, sushi rolls, can be quite easy to put quite a few of them.

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tuite002Feb. 18, 1211:06 PM

My wife and I both got scondroid poisoning from escolar for a Minneapolis restaurant. The fish was cooked and in a soup so it was not that it was raw. This type of fish contains can, rarely, cause a reaction that includes a racing heart rate, pounding headache and redness of the sclera (eyes). Luckily I grabbed the menu as we raced to the Emergency room to get steroids and benadryl to ease the symptoms which were not necessarily life threatening but quite unpleasant.

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shon1994Feb. 19, 12 1:09 AM

Tuite002, did your waiter get sick as well? Because this isn't contracted by eating...strange and sorry to hear that happened. I lived in Japan for over a year and I also managed a sushi restaurant north of Seattle. You can get sick from any poor restaurant. Raw fish has nothing to do with it. Poor sanitation either at the establishment or from whom the restaurant purchases product from is the cause. But, in the end, its the restaurants fault. I've been eating raw oysters, fish, etc...since I could walk. Not ONCE have I ever gotten sick from it. I've heard of what Escolar CAN do, but have never witnessed it. Its delicious. Moderation...

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jbpaperFeb. 19, 12 2:48 AM

This is why I stick to zander.

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