Puffer fish Poisoning

Tetrodotoxin can be used in reference to a rare and potentially severe illness that can result from eating puffer fish (also known as blowfish, or balloon fish).  Certain species of puffer fish have been known to produce this toxin which is stored in the edible muscle of the fish. If consumed, this toxin can cause a potential lethal condition known as "fugu poisoning."


Some puffer fish are eaten, but most consumers are not able to distinguish the dangerous vs. safe species.  In Florida, there are 8 species of puffer fish and some of these can produce toxins.  For this reason, the safest recommendation is to DO NOT eat puffer fish caught in Florida.