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Raw Chicken Sashimi Leaves Man Almost Blind

Japan is famous for eating raw food and making it taste like a slice of heaven. But If you think raw eggs or raw fish is a bad idea, some areas in Japan even specialize in raw chicken sashimi. (Don’t even get me started on puffer fish! Do they have a death wish?!)

As with eating anything raw, there is a very slim chance that you could end up with salmonella or worse. Even though the food that is designed to be eaten raw in Japan goes through incredible procedures and checks to make sure it is properly edible, there is still an extremely slim chance (I think it’s something like 1 in 10,000 eggs that are approved to be eaten raw may still contain salmonella. 

I love sushi and sashimi and I have no quarrels about eating raw food. I’ve tried Japan’s famous Basashi (raw horse meat sashimi) and I’ve even tried a raw chicken side dish. I’m down for eating anything at least once, but I won’t be trying either of them again in any hurry – simply because they don’t taste that great and regular fish sashimi is superior in every way. 

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However, it’s not only salmonella that you have to worry about with raw food. The other major concern are parasites! Occasionally, you will hear on the news that they have been discovered in some part of the country and a lot of the meat/fish had to be disposed of. 

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Roundworm (Toxocara cati) egg – photo taken through a microscope at 400x

Man Who Ate Raw Chicken Sashimi Falls Seriously Ill

The man, who has not been named, became infected by a parasite that lead to him developing growths in his lungs and liver via a disease called toxocariasis, which is caused by roundworm parasites.

He fell ill ten days after eating the raw chicken sashimi, attending Saiseikai Fukuoka General Hospital with complaints about stomach pains that were traced back to a meal that he ate that featured chicken that had been seared but remained raw in the middle, reports the British Medical Journal.

The man was eventually treated and made a full recovery, but the dangers were still clear. If left untreated, the roundworm parasite can lead to blindness.

So, would you risk? 

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