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Swiss Officials Ban ‘Poison Pizza’

In case you were wondering, it is now illegal in Switzerland to top your pizza with poisons. This move by Swiss health officials comes in response to Avanti pizzeria chef Ismail Ertekin’s Poison Pizza, that recently made gastronomic waves with such toppings as spider, scorpion and snake venom. Ertekin, who has also made headlines with his healing Pizza Gold that is topped with real gold, uses venoms prepared in homeopathic remedies as toppings for his Poison Pizza. When asked about the ban he complained that, “Preservatives in foods are much more damaging than my poison pizzas.” He added that “They were really popular, especially with people who have a phobia of spiders or snakes. They used the pizza as a way to get over their fears.”

According to health officials the ban comes not because the idea of eating venom gives them the willies, or that the pizzas present a public health hazzard, but because, “Medicinal products are not food stuffs and are not allowed to be an ingredient in food. Therefore we had to ban the pizzas. The pizza in reality contained very little poison.”

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