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Medical News & Perspectives
June 20, 2007

Deadly Fish, Tainted Toothpaste Spur Scrutiny of Products From China

JAMA. 2007;297(23):2577. doi:10.1001/jama.297.23.2577

A growing number of US imports from China have posed safety risks to individuals this year, prompting wide recalls and government investigations.

On May 24, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to consumers not to buy or eat imported fish labeled as monkfish, noting that it might actually be puffer fish, a species that contains a potentially deadly toxin called tetrodotoxin. The warning was issued after 2 persons in the Chicago area became ill after consuming soup containing a product from China labeled “monkfish,” which FDA testing revealed to contain life-threatening levels of tetrodotoxin.