Crows can be a tasty meat option according to The Tokyo Shimbun newspaper but experts beg to differ by stating that proceed with the crow meat if that’s the last meal you ever want. Experts believe crow meat consumption could lead to serious health risks and in worst-case scenarios, death.
The Tokyo Shimbun is a popular newspaper in Japan and the news outlet published an article encouraging readers to give “crow sashimi” a taste. The journalist opened up about their experience of eating crow meat both cooked and raw at an event in Ibaraki Prefecture. The meat was a hit with the crow meat lovers and this journalist found the crow sashimi to be refreshing and easy to chew.
The article caused a stir by the confused readers. The article was flagged by the Japanese Health Ministry and the committee published a tweet on its official Twitter account warning people not to taste raw crow meat as it could be a life-threatening indulgence.
Based on the newspaper, the crow’s breast is the best for sashimi since it has the best texture and taste compared to the other meats.
The article did have a cautionary word from Japan’s Environmental Health Division stating that raw crow meat could lead to food poisoning but it was downplayed in the overall message. Experts felt concerned about the growing popularity of raw crow meat and felt compelled to address it before there are dead humans after a heavy meal.
The Japanese Health Ministry explained that eating crow meat is not illegal but eating it can lead to a severe risk of infection with the “hepatitis E virus, enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli, as well as various parasites, which could prove fatal.”
The Health and Sanitation Division of Ibaraki Prefecture also took a stance against the consumption of raw crow meat and told media outlets to stop encouraging the consumption of it.
Soaking the raw crow meat in soya sauce and chewing it down may not be a wise decision. Take the newspaper recommendation with a grain of salt.