By now, the fluke is well established as a delicacy in Japan, and its popularity has grown exponentially.
The fish is known for its tender texture and sweet taste that makes it perfect for salads, stir-fries and other cooking, but it is also used for medicinal purposes.
For years, Japanese authorities have been looking into whether the fish is toxic.
In recent months, however, officials have become increasingly concerned by fluke ingestion.
In an interview with the Japan Times on May 4, an official with the country’s National Health Service said that the flukes are “an indicator of a serious illness” and that it was “important to get this information to the public.”
On May 7, the government said that it would launch a public-health investigation into the health effects of fluke consumption, and officials said that they were working to make sure that it is safe for consumption.
According to the official, the agency has received more than 10,000 reports of flukes poisoning since July 1, 2017.
In the interview, the official said that fluke poisoning was being linked to “a specific group of people” and added that “there is no known link to other species.”
The official said, “We have received more reports than we could possibly handle.”
The health service is conducting a public awareness campaign and a “national alert” is being distributed through social media, the newspaper said.
The official also said that there is no proof of any direct link between fluke intake and an increase in cases of cancer.
On May 15, a government-commissioned study was released, which was widely shared online.
The report concluded that there was no scientific evidence to support the belief that flukes were toxic, and that there are many other factors that could contribute to the increase in fluke cases.
The study, titled “Is Fluke Consumption Associated with Cancer?” concluded that “the risk of developing cancer from fluke-eating fish consumption is low,” and added, “There is no evidence to suggest that the consumption of fluked fish is related to a higher risk of cancers in people.”
The Japanese government is expected to release its report on May 21.