Traces of toxic substances found in supermarket food A chilled grey mullet sold at a ParknShop supermarket in the Aberdeen Centre in Nam Ning Street contained traces of the carcinogen malachite green, the Centre for Food Safety said yesterday. Malachite green is an anti-fungal agent used in fish breeding. A Homei brand of belachan-prawn-flavoured paste sold at Great supermarket in Pacific Place, Admiralty, contained the banned preservative sulphur dioxide. Eating normal amounts of any of the items should not have ill effects on health, but people who are allergic to sulphur dioxide might have difficulty breathing, headache and nausea, the centre said. Failed request for prayer venue not linked to political sensitivity An application by the Justice and Peace Commission of the Hong Kong Catholic diocese to use the Lockhart Road Playground in Wan Chai was not rejected because of political sensitivity, director of leisure and cultural services Betty Fung Ching Suk-yee said. A media report had said the organisation had failed to secure use of the venue to hold prayers for religious freedom on the mainland because the issue was politically sensitive. Fung said the application was rejected on safety grounds since the place was too small to hold an event featuring a few hundred participants. Woman suspected of hurting baby Police arrested a 28-year-old woman after she told a friend she might have injured her three-month-old son in their flat in Tsim Sha Tsui. The friend called police at about 2am and the woman was arrested in Chungking Mansions in Nathan Road. No injuries were found on the baby. The mother was released on police bail. Consumer confidence rises: poll Consumer confidence has increased slightly compared with three months ago, the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre finds in a survey of 1,000 interviewees. A quarterly index showing confidence in the economy for the next three months rose to 117 from 111, while that for the coming year rose to 95 from 91. Increases in gross domestic product in Hong Kong and on the mainland pushed up the index, but the weak US and European markets tempered the rise, centre chairman Anthony Wu Ting-yuk said. Window falls from flat A Pakistani asylum seeker was arrested in a ninth-floor flat in Kweilin Street, Sham Shui Po, after a window fell from it. No one was injured. No charges have been laid. Electric fan bursts into flames Firemen went to Capitol Centre in Jardine's Bazaar, Causeway Bay, when a fan burst into flames in a 14th-floor office. No one was inside. A short circuit is suspected. Tour bus hits woman A woman, 27, was treated for head and hand injuries at United Christian Hospital after being hit by a tour bus while crossing Kai Tin Road in Lam Tin. Man faints in Wan Chai hotel A man was taken to hospital after he collapsed in a room in a Lockhart Road love hotel in Wan Chai. The man was in his 40s and weighed about 91kg. Police found nothing suspicious at the scene.