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BEH shuts down restaurant where cat was butchered

A FACEBOOK video that showed a man butchering a cat at a restaurant prompted the Bureau of Environmental Health to conduct an inspection at Happiness Restaurant in Garapan.

BEH shut down the restaurant on Tuesday afternoon.

BEH Administrator John M. Tagabuel said they issued a suspension of operations against the restaurant for unsanitary practices.

“When we saw the video on Facebook, our inspectors immediately went there,” Tagabuel said. “When they show something like that, it is really traumatic. We have to respond. It is a public health concern.”

During the inspection, he said they discovered that merchandise, including food and drinks, were stacked on the floor; meat was not being stored at acceptable temperatures; there was a cockroach infestation; and the kitchen, kitchen equipment, floor and bathroom were unhygienic.

Happiness Restaurant was fined $4,000 for the health violations.

BEH did not find the cat carcass or meat on the premises, but Tagabuel said they learned that the cat was butchered on Monday night in the back hallway leading to the restaurant’s kitchen.

“The cat was allegedly taken to the home of the cook on the upper level the building for personal consumption,” according to a statement from the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.

When asked if the restaurant might have served cat meat to its customers, Tagabuel said it was “not unlikely.”

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/104459-beh-shuts-down-restaurant-where-cat-was-butchered

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