Most of us have heard tales of people choking to death while eating live squid – but have you heard this one yet?
Doctors found that the 63-year-old woman had “small, white spindle-shaped bug-like organisms” lodged in the mucous membrane of her tongue, cheek and gums.
Despite having been boiled, the dead squid’s live spermatophores, or sperm sacks, were alive and penetrated the woman’s mouth. The sacks, which contain ejaculatory devices, forcefully release sperm and a “cement” that attaches the sperm to a wall.
It seems like Korea’s shell fishing industry has also been experiencing some bad luck. According to Reuters (June 14, 2012):
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration urged the removal of South Korean oysters, clams, mussels and scallops from the market, saying the products may have been exposed to human fecal waste and contaminated with norovirus.
Taiwan is also looking into Korean seafood. According to AsiaOne (June 16, 2012):
While the US is Taiwan’s biggest oyster import source, about one-third of Taiwan’s oysters are imported from South Korea, Taiwan FDA staffer Tsai Su-chen said. A total of around 77,800 kilograms of oysters have been imported in three batches since May.
Taiwanese health officials are currently investigating whether the recent food poisoning cases at four branches of a chain restaurant were caused by contaminated oysters. In addition, the Taipei City and Taoyuan County health departments have joined forces to destroy 8,000 oyster products. The Executive Yuan Department of Health is also conducting epidemiology research on the prevalence of the virus in Taiwan.
As a side note – one early American’s death in Korea during the 19th century was from eating bad canned oysters. The canned oysters were not from Korea.
My apologies to Mr. Hamel for failing to mention the Hat Tip from his entry in the open thread.