Shop-owners sold chocolate cake sprinkled with human faeces
Two shop-owners were today fined for selling chocolate cake - which had been sprinkled with human faeces.
A horrified customer ate the foul-smelling gateaux but noticed that it didn’t taste or smell “quite right” and handed the cake to public health scientists.
The analysts soon established that the sweet treat was covered in faeces and legal proceedings against the shop owners were started.
Shop owners Saeed Hasmi, 25, and Jan Yadgari, 23, were fined £1,500 for selling food unfit for human consumption.
The pair - who ran the Italiano Pizzeria in Roath, Cardiff - admitted the charge but did not say how the chocolate cake was contaminated.
The takeaway is a favourite with late-night revellers and students living around the takeaway close to Cardiff University.
A spokeswoman for the public health department in Cardiff City Council said: “The person who bought the cake realised it didn’t taste or smell quite right so they reported it to us.
“Subsequent examination by the public analyst and national public health service laboratories confirmed the presence of faecal matter.
“There were bits of it all over the top of the cake.
“We cannot say for definite what kind of faecal matter it is, although it is very likely it was human. It would have to go through a DNA test for us to know for absolutely sure.”
Hasmi and Yadgari at first denied the charge but pleaded guilty at Cardiff magistrates court before the trial.
Hasmi, of Roath, Cardiff, and Yadgari, of Adamsdown, Cardiff, were each fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £200 costs.
After the case Hasmi said: “It was not our fault but I don’t want to talk about it.
“I’m not working in the food industry anymore. I want to do something else.
“We are sorry for the people who ate it,” he said.
The case has taken 18 months to come to court and the pair have both left the Pizzeria.
Shams Mehrabi, who took over the Italiano Pizzeria in March, condemned the actions of the two men. He now has hygiene certificates on the wall and said: “I have the highest standards.
“This is a completely different business now. We have a lot of happy customers - we won’t be selling chocolate cake.”
Source: UK Daily Mail 2/11/08
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