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)


Sumatran elephant found dead with missing tusks in Indonesia

Updated 17 November 2018
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Sumatran elephant found dead with missing tusks in Indonesia

  • The cause of death was not immediately clear because the body was badly decomposed
  • At least 11 wild elephants died in Aceh last year, most of them killed by humans

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia: A Sumatran elephant has been found dead with its tusks removed in an apparent poaching case targeting the critically endangered animal, an Indonesian conservation official said Friday.
The 10-year-old male’s rotting corpse was found in Blang Awe village in Aceh province earlier this week.
“His tusks were missing and there were traces of blood in the location where he was found,” Aceh conservation center head Sapto Aji Prabowo told AFP.
Officials estimated the animal had been dead for at least a week when the carcass was discovered.
The cause of death was not immediately clear because the body was badly decomposed, Prabowo said.
Tissue samples will be analyzed for signs of poisoning.
Rampant deforestation has reduced the species’ natural habitat and brought them into conflict with humans, while their tusks are prized in the illegal wildlife trade.
At least 11 wild elephants died in Aceh last year, most of them killed by humans.
In July, a Sumatran elephant was found dead from apparent poisoning in a palm oil plantation.
The environment ministry estimates only around 500 Sumatran elephants remain in Aceh.