A Michelin two-star restaurant in Tokyo is facing a criminal investigation after a customer was admitted to hospital having been served the toxic liver of a puffer fish.
Fugu, or puffer fish, is a Japanese delicacy which can only be processed by specially licensed and trained chefs.
By law, chefs must cut out toxic parts including the liver and skin.
But Fugu Fukuji, a restaurant in Tokyo’s upmarket Ginza district, last month served one customer puffer fish liver.
The 35-year-old woman had to be taken to hospital after complaining of a headache and numbness in her lips.
The chef is now facing a possible jail sentence for knowingly serving up the toxic dish.