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Prague sushi joint may face $2.07M fine for fishing ingredients from Vltava

Hey, at least the food was fresh.


PRAGUE – A sushi restaurant in Prague may face a 50 million Kč (US$2.07 million) fine after one of its chefs decided to head out to the Vltava River dressed in full kitchen garb in order to try and snare some duck, according to local media.

Out on a routine inspection last week, municipal police noticed one fisherman dressed in a chef’s uniform adorned with the logo from the local Haru Sushi Bar. They then proceeded to quick call the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority (CAFIA) and were informed that that while fish caught in the river can be consumed, it cannot be sold for commercial purposes, prompting them to make a full inspection of the restaurant.

“Inspectors found the restaurant’s freezer to contain bags of fish – probably carp – and fish guts that weighed a total of about 1.2 kg,” Pavel Kopriva, a spokesman for CAFIA told Novinky.cz.

“The food was not labeled. The operator also could not provide any accompanying documentation. For this reason, it was the food of unknown origin and on-site inspectors imposed a ban on the foods being sold,” he added.

Haru Sushi Bar claims the fish was not intended for customers and was there to feed the staff.

“Carp is not offered on our menu, nor can you buy it from us,” the restaurant’s manager Patrick Tran told the newspaper. Regardless, the restaurant was charged and is facing the hefty fine.

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