Within the last hour I have developed abdominal cramps and have been spending more time than usual sitting on the toilet. Restaurant and seafood wholesalers need to be accountable. Are you sure it wasn’t white albacore tuna? Unfortunately, I spoke (wrote) too soon!!! FYI it is listed as butterfish on the restaurant menu. I had no other symptoms and the other couple did not experience any problems from eating it. I do not have a great immune system, and for that reason, I doubt great health has been the reason I never reacted to my favorite fish. Have you unknowingly suffered from escolar’s effects? I often ate “butterfish” in laulau when I lived in Hawaii and never had any problems. Commercial fishermen have taken note. 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! He then spent the entire night dealing with its laxative effects. It felt extremely buttery, but I blamed it on the kitchen, who I thought added butter to the fish. Yes, I’ll eat two little slices, but selling smoked butterfish by the pound is not what I’d call acceptable, and it seems like most people have a problem with substantial portions. Right here is the right blog for anybody who wishes to find out about this topic. It is most often sold as butterfish and sometimes, as white tuna: Yet here in Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will only pursue action, if a consumer complains. It can be caused by Endometriosis,Indigestion and other conditions. just great! At the time it was the most delicious fish i had ever tasted in my life, so much so that i went back for seconds – Massive mistake! To add to the confusion, there is also a real white tuna (most commonly found in the Pacific Northwest in places such as British Columbia and Washington state. I hope the effects did not last too long. 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 got it at my local Loblaws Superstore in Ontario, Canada. I’ve never eaten Escolar. It seems that this is happening globally and consumers should not stand for it! Butterfish has a delicate flesh, juicy and a high iodine content, suited to most cooking methods. Like the related rudderfishes (Centrolophidae) and man-of-war fishes (Nomeidae), they also have peculiar, toothed outpocketings in the esophagus. Oceana claims that this mislabeling, whether by ignorance or deceit, is more hazardous than the mislabeling of other fish due to the potential health effects of escolar. Labeling escolar on a menu as Butterfish is as inaccurate as labeling it “white tuna”. Idiots probably don’t even know about these side effects. 12 butterfish, gutted and cleanedMethod: Toss together the cornmeal, flour, and salt and pepper in a shallow pan big enough to hold a single fish. 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. I think that the whole situation requires more awareness – more people speaking up and not tolerating this. Irina, I’m glad you’re alright! Fresh from the Atlantic, Butterfish is a locally sourced, wild caught fish. I love fish and I travel extensively. We had butterfish 2 days ago. I agree – if it’s escolar that is being sold, it should be banned from sale. Imagine my horror sat around the pool when my young daughter asked what all the orange stuff is on my clothing and towel! Or eat at any restaurant that fails in the most fundamental task of being able to correctly source and identify the produce it goes on to sell? I’m sorry to hear of your difficulties! I think we are both in agreement that butterfish should be labelled as butterfish and escolar as escolar. It’s sad but shady practices by wholesalers or those selling to wholesalers ruined white fish for me. It took several commenters to bring this important distinction to light. Fry are 2 mm long … I’m a physician and reasoned that my gallbladder was temporarily hyperactive (cut me some slack, I’m an ophthalmologist). Small mouths with weak teeth and blunt noses. It is labelled by the restaurant as butterfish (escolar), which seems fair to me. I have been eating butterfish/”white tune” sashimi for years and never had any problems. I would suggest you contact the market where you purchased the fish. It was my birthday. You can do so online at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/information-for-consumers/report-a-concern/restaurants-and-food-services/eng/1323139279504/1323140830752 . That’s a predatory invasive species with booming populations that can harm native fish and habitats, so much so that biologists and fishermen are trying to eat them into submission. Thanks for your comment, Ramin. I see it all the time. Thanks for the warning and helping us solve the mystery. Severe diarrheo , yellow liquid, headache. I have to say, though, that I doubt if it was escolar. I thought I would wait it out as I blamed this on indigestion. After asking what the other names of  the fish might be and hearing butterfish or escolar, my hunch was confirmed. It may indeed be butterfish and not escolar. Butterfish in SA used to be Coorong Mulloway. Butterfish is a small fish, with a mature weight of only 1 pound. I would suspect that it might have actually been butterfish as I have understood that escolar is banned in Italy. I had butterfish sashimi in Munchen with no problem. There is in fact over 17 types of butterfish around the globe, yet escolar doesn’t belong to any of these. I would definitely know if it were a different kind of fish being used. I tried some of it and thought it was amazing. There is so much incorrect labelling on fish. I was born and raised in Hawaii, and growing up, butterfish has been my favorite fish, barnone. Thanks for your comments, Alan. Best of luck, Angela! And finally, I am not a robot but a dietitian who is trying to bring awareness about the mislabelling of fish. is there anything good medicine or supplement for stomach to go back to usual habit. It’s astonishingly versatile. We need to see an end to seafood fraud! You certainly put a brand new I think it’s important to let vendors know what can happen. What about other fish? Thanks for the info. Butterfish are highly regarded in New Zealand as a top table fish. I read this posting on Escolar tonight as i was sitting in a local “facy” seafood restaurant whileI was looking through the menu. But you point out a real problem that we are seeing with fish labelling on menus: the regulations of labelling fish according to their real names are not being enforced. Poor guy is right! The restaurant did not know that it was escolar they were serving. As a Native Hawaiian, I have grown up with butterfish being a regular part of my diet. And yes, if eaten in small quantities, there is no problem. If you have eaten 4 fish at a time, then you may have actually eaten butterfish, not escolar. that I really will need to…HaHa). Danny Itzkovitz of Tamara’s Cafe in Apalachicola is one of many chefs who recently started serving lionfish. Well, it’s time we let them know! I am trying to see where all the butterfish incidents are being experienced. It should be banned everywhere – or at least accompanied by very noticeable warning signs! 2 fat slices of white tuna-like delicious meat. The options were limited. The ravages of escolar are not wonderful at any time but during celebratory times, it’s even worse. Thanks! I’m going back to flathead, whiting, and blue grenadier for my Friday night fish & chips ritual. It’s horrible at any time but on holiday? Oh well, we now know, we will not buy this again. This specimen was caught at Moeraki, North Otago, a very rocky kelp infested stretch of coast well known for butterfish. If this fish is served, at least, there should be warnings so individuals can make choices. 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! An upscale beutiful restaurant. It was a special. Someone will have to familiarize chefs and the public with the real butterfish, and then figure out costs, availability, and who to sell it to. Perhaps we’re in a fresh food resort area (Coeur d’alene, Idaho), and everyone else is suffering from restaurant mishandling? Tere were no ill effects etc, oh I also had two meals of Butter fish in PICTON (top of SOUTH ISLAND N/Z. But my daughter, while loving it, did have some side effects! 8 to 10 medium sized butterfish. I’m sorry to hear this, Pam! The problem is since globalization Western counties are encountering food in the east and other places are are tying to matching it with what they already knowing instead of just using the local name. My experience with butterfish was not as bad as orange roughy in Australia. 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. Itzkovitz has used lionfish for tacos, ceviche and fried-whole specials that look gorgeous on the plate because of the lionfish’s large, fan-like fins. Escolar are larger fish with the smallest weighing about six kilos. That said, I have never been ill after eating butterfish. We even liked it so much that we went back a second time, again with no ill effects. If it was escolar, I believe at some point, you might have experienced its ghastly effects. salt and pepper to taste butter olive oil. I would think that, considering the amount you were going to eat, that it may actually be white tuna. Yes, I agree with you that if you had eaten a regular portion of escolar, you would know it! Such a pity because I really thought it was delicious.) This is the best fish I have ever eaten, and I had NO side effects whatsoever. Othes… spend the following night in the toilet . It’s also not just raw fish. Loved it. My stomach was definitely unhappy and I didn’t feel like after eating a fish prepared at home at all. It was delicious but I would recommend smaller portions . Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. But what you’re calling orange roughy sounds as though it was escolar as it’s the one fish that leaves you with an orange oily discharge and bowel movements. i am having this orange oily discharge now and it is extremely unpleasant however, it didnt give me any diaharrea thou! The pain went away a few hours later. Your tummy may certainly thank you! Thanks for the useful informations! 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. It may not be lethal but at least it shouldn’t be sold without a mandatory warning. We need to follow the leads of countries like Italy and Japan in banning it, especially as it seems to becoming a bigger and bigger issue. 2nd time I have had it…no issues whatever. 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! It now seems, Sheema, that the butterfish trend has become a worldwide one. I do not know if there is any way to sue the restaurant or how I can pursue this further. So I I consulted the medics, locked in the cabin just in case I had norovirus then after paying for tests & told I had bacterial infection!!!! Thx! Thank you for your comments, Tom. ... salt and pepper to taste 1 bunch fresh parsley 1 lemon, cut into wedges ... Australia & New Zealand this link opens in a new tab; But the question is how many people know this? The next morning, all seemed normal with my digestive system. Butterfish are dull blue on the top, with pale sides and a silvery belly. I stumbled upon this site because I was trying to remember the name of the fish that made me ill a few years ago. We ate it on sushi and had no problem, but it was a small portion. i use it as bait and chum for bigger fish I never even thought of eating but today at a bodega down the block I saw a restaurant owner buy a huge bag I inquired about it for bait and just searched it to be sure its the species I thought it was. Thank you for posting about this issue, Anastasia. It really is quite ridiculous how the names of various fish species are not provided to consumers. Haha I think we shared an experience. I was curious to see if the symptoms can be reproduced, so I had a similar sandwich two hours ago. I have been addictively eating escolar, also called walu, for a decade at 4 different local restaurants. . The fish wholesalers would have to deal with the anger of their customers and the problem would likely be solved. Although I had had butterfish before( ironicallyat a restaurant called butterfish ) this was the first time I became ill. My brother-in-law runs a restaurant and mentioned that he was advised not to use it by the health inspector. Butterfish should be illegal everywhere! Our underwear and nightwear were stained with it. David, I suspect that what you ate was likely not escolar. The real butterfish is not very common and it’s not, as you know, what’s causing these horrible gastrointestinal problems. Poor guy! “I love them, they’re absolutely delicious,” said Gregory DiDomenico, executive director of the Garden State Seafood Association. Sorry to have provided such graphic information but unfortunately, these are the consequences of escolar consumption. Needless to say I ordered it and he was right….. 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 I eat yesterday with my husband and child this fish and in the morning we woke up with with voma feeling and when we went to the toilet we noticed a lot of oil on the wc. The North Pacific Sablefish is sometimes referred to as “Black Cod.” I have no idea of Escolar is sometimes referred to as “Black Cod” as well, but if it is? I am hoping it was a one time bathroom visit and I won’t be up all night. I’m in Melbourne, Australia. Banning all retail sales with violation accountability is the only sane and practical regulation regarding this fish. But this poses a whole load of new questions, including why would you you want to eat raw fish at a cheap restaurant? It is also known as skipjack and the dollarfish. But that’s not the case. It is really astounding that escolar can be sold without warning labels. I don’t get this at all with any other fish. 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. During the afternoon session I felt a little unwell with indigestion type symptoms. I do know that following my husband’s escolar episode, he wouldn’t touch it, under any circumstances! They need to take more action but it seems they will only respond to individual complaints. Usually, the butterfish has been part of laulau, which is steamed for many hours. As consumers, I think we need to voice our complaints about what fish is called. There are definitely different tolerances to substance as this time I ate two plate-fulls at a buffet with the discharge as the only symptom. If the regulatory body – the CFIA – fined these restaurants for deceptive labelling, you can be sure that the problem would be solved quite quickly. My boyfriend and I had butterfish sushi while in Spain a few weeks ago, but we both felt fine afterwards. While portions are likely much smaller at sushi restaurants, (which may save you from any symptoms),  if you are a fan of the newer “all you can eat sushi” places, beware. I think some of the people posting positive responses on here may have had something different, or just have strong digestive systems. But this time it was different (not the fish, the fish was the same). My husband told me, though, that he had some digestive problems. Next day more yellow oil, stomach churning and washing galore, only bleach takes it off. So I think you may have a translation a scholar! Hawaii-Style Misoyaki Butterfish. Small amounts may not cause symptoms. People will always have problems and allergies, e.g Shiitake mushrooms or MSG. That said, it’s also incredibly easy to avoid escolar poisoning. As for the treatment, you may have to wait it out but you might want to consult your doctor to see if there are any medications you might try if you are having severe abdominal cramps. 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