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Crayfish Warning


Nanning Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning regarding crayfish aka crawfish, crawdads, freshwater lobsters, mountain lobsters or mudbugs. Whatever you call them, you may want to take heed.

They have said that there is a possibility that “eating [crayfish] may lead to rhabdomyolysis”, a muscle disease which, in extreme cases,  can lead to liver failure. This follows cases reported in Nanjing and Beijing, which the relevant authorities are claiming to be Haff disease, a development of rhabdomyolysis.  The connection between Haff disease and crayfish remains unproven. No cases have been reported in Guangxi.

Symptoms of rhabdomyolysis include muscular pain and darkened urine. The symptoms may not appear for between 12 to 24 hours after consuming crayfish. They advise that anyone suffering such symptoms be immediately “rushed to hospital”.

In the meantime, they advise against eating the heads (which some consider the best part) and internal organs. It is believed that the crustaceans are infested with heavy metals, pesticide residues, antibiotic residues, hormones, parasites, etc.l

Crayfish (小龙虾)  have become very popular in China in recent years, usually in a spicy “má là” sauce. This is basically Sichuan pepper and chilli. Look out for 麻辣小龙虾. Alternatively, they are sometimes served simply boiled.


. This entry was posted on Friday, August 19th, 2016 at 1:10 pm and is filed under Food and Drink, Guangxi News, Health, Pollution. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Crayfish Warning”

  1. Da Wei Says:

    They are very popular in Hunan too. (No surprises there!)

  2. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    I know. I just got back from Hunan.

    In fact they are popular all over China at the moment. Latest fad.

  3. Nanning Laowai Says:

    Hello Liuzhou Laowai,
    do you have a Chinese source for the health warning, please?

    Thanks in advance, and greetings from Nanning!

  4. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

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