Thursday, February 5, 2015

Roach Pizza

For illustration purpose only - Bug on pizza slice. Image credit:

I just learned that roaches are not part of a Peruvian’s diet! I have been advocating that eating bugs is good, if not nutritious. But incidents in Domino’s Pizza eateries where cockroaches and rodents find shelter have caused a lot of distress amongst customers.
Domino's troubles began after a customer in Lima complained of an unwanted ingredient – the crisped torso of a roach – among the pepperoni and cheese on the steaming pizza he ordered for delivery on January 28, 2015.
After posting the picture on social media, the image went viral, generating a salvo of criticisms and prompting the Health Ministry to visit the American chain's Lima locations.
This is where I don’t understand what the fuss is all about. Cockroaches can be eaten toasted, fried, sauteed, or boiled. And contrary to popular belief, they are actually tasty. And they can be very clean, especially if they are fed on fresh fruits and vegetables.
But authorities found not just roaches in the kitchen at the chain's Camacho neighbourhood store, where the viral pizza originated. They also discovered poor sanitary conditions and this is unacceptable and repugnant.
And on Monday, another health team found rodent droppings in the kitchen of another location. This, of course, is undesirable and revolting.
Following these incidents, and amid denunciation, Domino's Peru franchise decided on Monday to temporarily shut down their operations in the country.
[I understand the Domino’s Pizza franchise is under the ownership of the former Minister of Economy, Carlos Bologna and the general manager is his daughter, Barbara].

Even though Peruvians may have to forgo Domino’s Pizza, there are plenty of alternatives (e.g. Papa John’s, Paradise Pizza, Mamma Tomato, Spizza, Donatello, Pizza Hut, Mozza Pizza) to consider.
I wish pizza parlors will introduce cockroaches or other bugs as a pizza topping. I am smacking my lips just thinking about it!

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