Toad-Kissing Chef Fined

Inspectors not charmed by chef's toad-licking video
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2010 5:10 AM CDT
Details are scarce on what the toads were doing in the kitchen in the first place.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

(Newser) – There's no place for toad kissing in restaurant kitchens, health inspectors warned an Iowa chef. The man was fined $335 after inspectors saw a video of him licking and kissing two small toads before putting them in his mouth, then placing them on a prep table, the AP reports. The owner of the Japanese restaurant—which was cited in June for 14 non toad-related violations—says he'll pay the fine. The owner says his head chef is a funny guy who needs to learn a little more about restaurant sanitation.

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