Foods that can kill you: The world's most dangerous dinners

Deadly dishes people eat at their peril

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Attention all gourmet travellers! If you love to trot around the globe in search of new and exciting delicacies to tickle your tastebuds, take heed. Some of the most exotic dishes you are likely to come across may also be highly poisonous.

Perhaps the most notorious of this Fugu, or pufferfish: a well-known dish popular in Japan that can kill you if the chef makes the smallest mistake in preparing it.

Then there's Hakarl (Greenland shark), a delicacy from Iceland which is deadly if eaten fresh. It must be carefully fermented and hung to dry for several months in order to release its poisons because it doesn't have a urinary tract to flush out toxic substances - ewww.

And it's not just seafood that can be deadly. Take the Italian cheese Casu Marzu, a traditional Sardinian offering which contains tiny maggots. Unsurprisingly, the delicacy is banned in the EU as eating it can lead to vomiting and diarrhoea. Locals ignore the warnings: they eat it when the maggots are alive as they believe it is unsafe to eat when they have died. But we're not convinced.

Take a culinary trip around the world with our slideshow of the world's most poisonous foods, below.
Do let us know if you've tried any and have survived to tell the tale.

World's most dangerous foods

World's most dangerous foods


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