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Denmark: Top Restaurant Hit By Food Poisoning
One of the world's best restaurants has been forced to apologise after 63 of its customers fell ill after visiting the haute cuisine establishment.
Guests at Danish restaurant Noma - crowned the world's best restaurant three years running in one poll - fell ill during a five-day period in February.
The outbreak is thought to have been caused by a sick kitchen worker.
Health inspectors criticised the restaurant for not alerting authorities soon enough and for not taking proper action after the employee became ill after returning home from work.
The Copenhagen restaurant, which has two Michelin stars, said in a report that internal procedures had not been good enough and said an email from the employee reporting his sickness had not been seen.
Managing director Peter Kreiner said: "We are in the business of making people happy and taking care of our guests, so this is the worst thing that could happen to us.
"Since the outbreak we have worked closely with the health authorities to get to the bottom of it and find the source of infection.
"We are extremely sorry about all of this and I have personally been in dialogue with all the guests who were affected and discussed compensation for them."
Food poisoning can have a major impact on top restaurants.
In 2009 British chef Heston Blumenthal was forced to close his three-star restaurant The Fat Duck for around three weeks after hundreds of guests became ill.
Noma, known for experimental ingredients such as ants and fermented grasshoppers, has been voted winner of The S. Pellegrino and Acqua Panna World's 50 Best Restaurants in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Guests flock to the restaurant from all over the world and pay around 5,000 Danish krone (£580) for a 12-course set menu for two including appetisers, treats to finish, wine pairing and a tour of the kitchen to meet some of the 50 chefs.
When the restaurant releases monthly bookings, two-seater tables are usually snapped up in less than an hour.
what do you think?
Won't go there for my horsemeat burgers
Correction "the resturant that HAD two Michelin stars"
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