The last supper? Japanese supermarket sells fish with highly poisonous innards

A regional health ministry office said Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, a supermarket in Gamagori City, Aichi Prefecture, sold five packages of assorted fugu meat containing liver, which is toxic and banned. (AP)
Updated 16 January 2018
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The last supper? Japanese supermarket sells fish with highly poisonous innards

GAMAGORI, Japan: A Japanese city sent out an alert on Tuesday after a supermarket accidentally sold five packets of fugu fish without removing its poisonous liver, the BBC reported.
Although a popular delicacy, any slip up in the preparation of the fugu – or blowfish fish can be potentially deadly for consumers, as its liver, ovaries and skin contain the deadly chemical tetrodotoxin.
Japan’s restaurant chefs need special training and a license before they are allowed to prepare the fish.
“We are calling for residents to avoid eating fugu, using Gamagori city’s emergency wireless system,” which broadcasts over loudspeakers located around the city, a local official Koji Takayanagi said.
While there are several cases of fugu poisoning in the country each year, few are lethal.
“Eating a blowfish liver can paralyze motor nerves, and in a serious case cause respiratory arrest leading to death,” regional officials said in a warning statement.
(With AFP)


Ex-Hollywood executive Weinstein to surrender on sex assault charges

Updated 24 May 2018
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Ex-Hollywood executive Weinstein to surrender on sex assault charges

  • More than 70 women have accused the co-founder of the Miramax studio and The Weinstein Co. of sexual misconduct including rape.
  • The allegations have given rise to the #MeToo movement in which hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, government and entertainment.

NEW YORK: Former Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to New York City police on charges of sexual misconduct on Friday, the New York Times reported, citing two unidentified law enforcement officials.
Benjamin Brafman, a lawyer for Weinstein, declined to comment on Thursday’s report.
More than 70 women have accused the co-founder of the Miramax studio and The Weinstein Co. of sexual misconduct including rape, allegations that gave rise to the #MeToo movement in which hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, government and entertainment.
Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.