The viscera of Japanese abalone can harbor a poisonous substance which causes photosensitization, a burning and stinging over the entire body and a prickling and itching sensation on parts of the body exposed to sunlight. It does not manifest itsef until exposure to sunlight - if eaten outdoors in sunlight, symptoms occur quickly and suddenly. Skin lesions may occur on body parts exposed to the sunlight. It is believed the toxin may come from seaweed ingested by the abalone.
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