Subscribe to get the latest nutrition news, fresh recipes and more! Either I am not susceptible, or there were other mitigating factors (lots of other food consumed? We never could bring ourselves to redeem it. They need to take more action but it seems they will only respond to individual complaints. This fish should not be sold and certainly if it is, it should be properly identified and come with a warning. There was another article I found that describes butterfish as being a preperation method rather than a species or type of fish, but is usually made with black cod or something. We need to see an end to seafood fraud! Thanks for the heads up. Most commonly it’s labelled as butterfish but also as white tuna. i am having this orange oily discharge now and it is extremely unpleasant however, it didnt give me any diaharrea thou! We had ordered a bunch of the ono sashimi to share. Do you think there should be warnings posted on menus? General Enquiries. That scared me enough to look more info, and here I am. But this poses a whole load of new questions, including why would you you want to eat raw fish at a cheap restaurant? Selling something as food the human body can’t digest should be illegal. I have heard that a small number of people may not react but the common reaction is one severe enough that I do know escolar victims would never chance again. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Our underwear and nightwear were stained with it. Too bad neither myself or my housemate knew the risks involved. The effects usually last between 24 and 48 hours. It should be called escolar and nothing else. Heather, while it certainly feels like it’s death inducing, it’s not. My brother-in-law runs a restaurant and mentioned that he was advised not to use it by the health inspector. I don’t know if the waiter lied or was just not informed that it was escolar. This was fresh fish caught locally of the Sth East Coast of Australia. Every single day, I get about 100 hits on my website just from people looking for what made them sick when they ate escolar or butterfish or whatever the eatery is calling it. We are restoring the world’s wild fish populations to serve as a sustainable source of protein for people. Kind of bland but the way it was prepared made it delicious. It seems that this is happening globally and consumers should not stand for it! Thanks for your comments, Jay. Butterfish, or Odax Pullus as they are referred to scientifically, are probably the most common fish speared by new spearo’s. Further to my earlier post, the walu/ escolar you write about bears no resemblance to the butterfish I eat in Thailand. It may not be escolar in Spain. Escolar are larger fish with the smallest weighing about six kilos. The pain went away a few hours later. Avoid it if possible !!! Have a good day. Butterfish definition is - any of numerous bony fishes (especially family Stromateidae) with a slippery coating of mucus. It is eaten regularly. I’m sorry to hear of your difficulties! It is time that if escolar is on a menu, it should be listed as such and should carry a warning – either a warning or a ban on the fish altogether! There is so much incorrect labelling on fish. I agree with you, Paul. Thanks for your feedback, Nancy! I ended up ruining several pairs of underwear and a pair of shorts. Maybe a little fear of the consequences might get them to look at the issues. Real butterfish is not escolar. I hope you’re feeling well now! Pittsburgh’s Robert Wholey & Co., founded in 1912, call butterfish “one of the best-kept secrets in seafood,” since they look great on the plate and taste even greater. No discharge. It is time for action: consumers need to be protected from the effects of escolar or at least know what they choose to eat. Nasty oily diarrhea and stomach cramps – horrible! They should know what they are serving. Would you have titled this article “Beware of the tuna”? This white firm fleshed fish is often described as being quite delicious but it can leave you with less than pleasing consequences not long after you eat it. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps and/ or  headache –  all of which can be pretty dramatic –  can occur within a few hours of eating the fish and can last up to 24 to 48 hours. Butterfishes live in coastal waters off the Americas, western Africa and in the Indo-Pacific. Educate people that you can’t stuff yourself with butterfish/escolar, have restaurants provide warning on overeating this and give hefty fines to restaurants/stores for mislabeling the fish as albacore, as you would do for any other food fraud. Ibodai (aka Butterfish) is native to the West Pacific, has a white creamy milky flesh that melts in the mouth and is delicious…. This specimen was caught at Moeraki, North Otago, a very rocky kelp infested stretch of coast well known for butterfish. Consider these top hits from web searches: “Butterfish is my new favorite” reads one Trip Advisor headline about a Baltimore restaurant. The dinner was freshly carved filet mignon, lobster tail, and this death inducing stupid fish. Here in Athens, I was eager to have the ‘Butterfish’ once again and am similarly affected. I got so shocked after I experienced symptoms after eating butterfish. It might help to get it off the menu. Isn’t there anything the Canadian food inspection can do regarding white tuna sashimi sold in Toronto restaurants? (capers, asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes in a lemon/white wine sauce over linguine)..unfortunately, within 2 hours of getting home my stomach tightened up and got very hard; Very uncomfortable. I have seen it on menus as a main course (which may be a large quantity) and I’ve also seen it at “all you can eat” Japanese restaurants. Perhaps we’re in a fresh food resort area (Coeur d’alene, Idaho), and everyone else is suffering from restaurant mishandling? . is there anything good medicine or supplement for stomach to go back to usual habit. At least, if it was labelled as escolar then people could possibly look up the aftereffects before ordering it. ( Log Out /  There may have been a problem on that one occasion with some type of foodborne illness. On a side note, folks do seem to like discussing their movements…merely saying they had diarrhea would suffice . Butterfish, any of the thin, deep-bodied, more or less oval and silvery fishes of the family Stromateidae (order Perciformes).Butterfishes are found in warm and temperate seas and are characterized by a small mouth, forked tail, and a single dorsal fin. East Coast fishermen are now angling to change that. ), and I really had to fight down the urge to vomit. Have you contacted the restaurant or any local health authorities? Dig deeper, and the confusion grows: Chef Roy has roughly 30 restaurants that may feature butterfish, but the menu notes that it is actually Alaskan black cod. That led me to investigate, and found that there were a number of episodes in restaurants that the government had documented. That is a horrible story, Lisa! Again butterfish/escolar is not toxic, its very tasting, and perfectly fine as a delicacy food. I’m sorry to hear of your experience, Steve! It was my birthday. If this fish is served, at least, there should be warnings so individuals can make choices. We eat a lot of butterfish in Hawaii as we have many Japanese eateries. What is California poke? Butterfish is a small fish, with a mature weight of only 1 pound. Poor guy! Not only that, but “they're always going to compare it to something else,” Nash said. I’ve had about 250,000 hits on this post as people are looking for answers to their post-escolar gastrointestinal troubles! 1/4 cup cornmeal. Bacon drippings, lard, or vegetable oil for frying. It is ridiculous that this fish is allowed to be sold. Bplaa noyee would be a literal translation but is not recognised. But lionfish are harvested by spear fishermen, limiting the potential catch. Rosie, I bought some frozen headless and gutted “Butterfish” with a bracketed name of Croaker. The Pacific rudderfish (Psenopsis anomala) is a marine fish also known by such names as Japanese butterfish, melon seed, wart perch, ibodai (Japanese name, イボダイ) or simply but ambiguously as butterfish.. This morning, when I went to do my usual morning bathroom business, I didn’t have any diarrhoea – but I DID notice the yellowish-orange oily discharge! In addition, it’s very important to contact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Its the fish itself with a lot of wax which is not digestible causing all the problems.. It is really astounding that escolar can be sold without warning labels. But my daughter, while loving it, did have some side effects! It's true to its name, rich and buttery. Consuming 32 gram of butterfish offers 0.61 µg of Vitamin B-12, 11.7 µg of Selenium, 5.53 g of Protein, 77 mg of Phosphorus, 1.44 mg of Vitamin B3, 0.096 mg of Vitamin B6, 2.57 g of Total Fat, 0.24 mg of Vitamin B5 and 0.048 mg of Vitamin B2. It was delicious but I would recommend smaller portions . Ellie, that’s very interesting. It is amazing how many people are sickened by escolar – like you with no warnings. No, not because I had any “symptoms” but because I have never enjoyed any fish more. I visited Cape Town South Africa and had “butter” fish at my hotel (A Marriott chain) – I developed keiorrhea (oily orange defacation) for a week. I was at a company event over the weekend, and they had butterfish as part of the dinner buffet. I had Butterfish, identified in small print that it could cause an upset stomach. I think I remember that escolar is eaten a lot in Australia, being abundant in the surrounding waters, but i’m not sure. Yesterday I went to the same restaurant and ate around 8 pieces of butterfish. ( Log Out /  Butterfish was ok for me most of the time and I don’t mind the flavour whereas my husband does not like it at all. Part of the issue is that victims do not report it to the authorities. Thank goodness for pep bismol I was able to fly home to Kauai. I have heard of this happening with butterfish here in Hawaii. And got another education. I often ate “butterfish” in laulau when I lived in Hawaii and never had any problems. I too ordered something called butterfish and within 24 hours had the bright orange oily discharge that has forever stained a couple of toilet brushes. Thankfully I have no other side effects and have to just ride it out. I will report back with my findings. The other stuff is white still, but pink tinged around the edges and has a slightly sour flavour. That’s the problem when the proper name is not used. I’m going back to flathead, whiting, and blue grenadier for my Friday night fish & chips ritual. “I love them, they’re absolutely delicious,” said Gregory DiDomenico, executive director of the Garden State Seafood Association. Oily greasy discharge was going to call my Doc until I read this. Very embarrassing side effects for sure, but very tast! In Canada, because it doesn’t cause death, the government allows it to be sold. In the name of science, I have ordered 10 pieces of it. Peter, I’m assuming there was no warning attached. This market has an excellent reputation and we have bought other fish there with no problems. I have noticed Butterfish being specified on a number of menus lately – unfortunately, many species can be called this, and some probably quite safe. Italy and Japan haven’t banned it for no reason. Best of luck, Angela! Are you sure it wasn’t white albacore tuna? Thank you very much for writing this– I got some smoked butterfish about the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. I’m sorry to hear this, Jack! Sure enough, there it was, the orange oily substance. But my husband and I were still concerned about what we were leaving in the toilet and that maybe I had poisoned us… Thank you for you site, I’m not too worried now. I’m a physician and reasoned that my gallbladder was temporarily hyperactive (cut me some slack, I’m an ophthalmologist). Thank you for posting about this issue, Anastasia. Health Canada’s regulations at risk, Tags: Butterfish, Diarrhea, Escolar, Featured, Fish, Give me a break, Health Canada, Seafood fraud. This led me to Google butterfish. Referral Form. A day later, though (yesterday), I noticed the yellow/orange substance and had diarrhea. But all the above symptoms are OK? “The question is, what is butterfish most closely aligned with in the market?”. Had white tuna at a very good sushi restaurant in Atlanta, part of a chirashi don. I didn’t know it was mildly toxic and I don’t think what I’m eating is the same as what your writing about o.o My experience with butterfish was not as bad as orange roughy in Australia. But it’s time for those who sell this fish to call it what it is: escolar = so that people may know what caused their symptoms or even better yet, find out before eating it! And Itzkovitz said he doesn’t think the fish really helps his bottom line that much. I have eaten this fish in very small portions in Sushi Maki rolls for years with no noticeable ill effects but as a dinner-sized portion of fish, it’s definitely to be avoided! With over … As consumers, I think we need to voice our complaints about what fish is called. That’s when I googled ‘sablefish’ to check what kind of fish is it… and I realized I just ate a massive chunk of butterfish. Next day, whilst brushing my teeth, I felt something running down my leg, (without warning). I do agree with you regarding portion size. It’s possible that in New Zealand, you have yet to come across escolar. It would also prevent the reputation of the real butterfish from being tarnished. I was surprised to have this happen to me without eating any fish. I would suggest you contact the market where you purchased the fish. Thx! Served what they called ‘butterfish’ on our last night. Will never eat it again. I do blame the CFIA for doing nothing about this and had thought at one time or another, that someone should launch a class action lawsuit! They are also referred to as greenbone because of their bright green bones and are a slender fish with a pointed snout. This morning woke up and noticed bright orange oily substance in the toilet, only just started with some minor cramps this evening, however so much of the oily substance from flatulance! But not to worry it will go away a day or two. The server went to speak to the chef and came back and told me it was butterfish and that it was a bit like tuna.) I had never seen this sashimi before. Made the mistake of eating this fish from an all inclusive buffet whilst on holiday in Spain a few years ago. I’m sorry to hear this, Pam! I think the reason people discuss the details is that the results are quite shocking for many- quite unlike anything they’ve experienced before. I’m in Melbourne, Australia. I ate butterfish at a restaurant in Montana and the meal was called “Hawaii meets Montana”. Using proper names would offer many benefits. I wonder if there is something about the way it’s prepared that makes it safe or unsafe? Nobody should eat either things on daily basis. We had butterfish 2 days ago. its crazy. Stay away from butterfish! My husband told me, though, that he had some digestive problems. I also agree that you should let the restaurant know what happened to you. I cannot agree. 2nd time I have had it…no issues whatever. This small fish has a fatty, flaky flesh and is best cooked whole, keeping the flakes juicy. Just back from Namibia. Excellent stuff, I had symptoms within an hour or so of eating the fish yesterday. It was over US$15/pound. It’s horrible at any time but on holiday? I saw the effects a few years ago when my husband returned from a dinner meeting where he had a “fabulous tasting white tuna”. There’s a dish in Hawaii which is called butterfish, but it’s made with “black cod” which is actually sablefish. Consumers perceive value based on the size of the seafood, its flavor, texture and appearance. Depending on where you’re located, it may be called white tuna as well. Considering the symptoms may include one or more of the following: the rectal passage of an oily yellow or orange substance (called keriorrhoea), diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and headache, a person could feel quite ghastly afterwards. Mike, you’re right when you say that small amounts are not likely a problem but if eating an average serving size of fish – not stuffing yourself or overeating (as you say) can make you quite sick, then I don’t believe it should be sold. I also worry about traditional “medicine” from Mexico and China; one can never tell what’s in them. Considering that I get thousands of views every month on this post, I would venture to say that many people are indeed eating escolar and are suffering its consequences. We thought at the time it was just us trying different food to our normal diet in the UK. A member from our team will call you to arrange a consultation. If someone mentions butterfish you may smack your lips, absolutely want to avoid it, or just scratch your head. Calories, carbs, fat, protein, fiber, cholesterol, and more for Butterfish (Fish, cooked, dry heat). I found this article online while looking up information on butterfish so forwarded the link to my husband. As it does not cause dehydration and may not result in death,  Health Canada   allows it to be sold. Per Tom James’ comment, it must have been Ibodai. Had never heard of escolar or white tuna. He confirmed what the menu said it was, and since it didn’t seem to be an endangered species, I went ahead with it. We have already protected nearly 4 million square miles of ocean and innumerable sea life - but there is still more to be done. My husband and our room mate ate it and sharted themselves the next day with that yellow stuff I did not. We recently had butter fish served to us in Holland. The chances of getting the symptoms, though, have nothing to do with how healthy your digestive system is. I won’t go into detail as I’m sure you’ve read enough comments here to get the picture! But I thought, no, they can’t possibly serve up food that’s going to make people ill. Well, curiosity killed the cat and within minutes I started to feel a bit queasy, and within half an hour the full blown liquid diarrhoea had started. I ate it at a Japanese restaurant in Barrie, Canada about six weeks ago and next day I pooped orange oil. that I really will need to…HaHa). As I’m always concerned about the sustainability of the seafood I eat, I double-checked the type of fish with the waiter, as it was listed on the menu as being “butter fish'” which I’d never heard of. escolar) happened in Hawaii? Being aware of what’s coming may be fine if what you experience is somewhat mild. I think that governments are shirking their responsibilities by not banning this fish or at the very least, requiring warning signs. Looks like I am the latest victim of “butterfish”….it was a “special” last night at a restaurant that my wife and I eat at 1 to 2 times a week. Most people have no idea what has hit them when they start to get ill from this fish. I don’t think that freezing the fish will lessen its effects. Interested in trying butterfish for yourself? I live in Victoria Australia, and my husband and I also had a very unpleasant experience with a fish called Butterfish. Would it have impacted your travels? Thank you for your post, I have albacore tuna sandwich at habit restaurant in los Angeles for 2 days and the next day I had diarrhea and stomach issues for the next 2 days. My boyfriend and I had butterfish sushi while in Spain a few weeks ago, but we both felt fine afterwards. And when I see that I get more than 100 hits each and everyday (sometimes a few hundred) on my website about the after effects, I have to wonder about the wisdom of selling it. They won’t act on it unless they get complaints! Diners might compare it to white-meat fish like cod, grouper or flounder, for example, or to species such as tuna, salmon or mackerel. I would suspect that it might have actually been butterfish as I have understood that escolar is banned in Italy. Banning all retail sales with violation accountability is the only sane and practical regulation regarding this fish. John, I agree with you wholeheartedly! I hope that you are feeling better and please spread the word about this fish. The trick is not to eat a lot of it! As soon as I got back to bed, up I had to get again. If you are in Canada, you should file a complaint with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The fish responsible for these symptoms is called escolar and I think interchanging the two names is a relatively new phenomenon. It’s so unfortunate that they don’t call this fish by its proper name. Give me a break. But this time it was different (not the fish, the fish was the same). The worst part was I was on a date. If it was escolar, I believe at some point, you might have experienced its ghastly effects. You should only consume small portions!!!!!!!!. 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