BAKERY Gets Fined after Customer Bites LIZARD Inside Pork Bun

BAKERY Gets Fined after Customer Bites LIZARD Inside Pork Bun

BAKERY Gets Fined after Customer Bites LIZARD Inside Pork Bun
Photo: South China Morning Post

Popular Hong Kong bakery Maxim recently paid HK$9,000 (US$1,160) after its customer complained about eating a lizard inside the bun.

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Complainant Cheung Mei-yee said she bought the pork bun at Maxim’s Cakes bakery in Butterfly Plaza, Tuen Mun. She kept inside her bag and planned to eat it whenever she felt hungry at home.

But two days later, she bit a lizard, almost 1.6 inch, on her second bite in her bun with a mixture of pork floss, seaweed, and Japanese rice cake.

She then immediately called the owner about the horrible experience. Later on, she also filed a formal complaint at the local government offices.

Maxim Caterers, the company running the bakery, pleaded guilty at Tuen Mun Court to a count of offering food “not of the quality demanded by the purchaser.”

Reports said the company also faced about 55 similar convictions in the past, with the latest penalty coming in December 2019, when it was fined HK$7,500.

Further, the court said the case is “a bit outrageous,” saying Maxim should take proactive steps to ensure no animals could get into the products they sold.

BAKERY Gets Fined after Customer Bites LIZARD Inside Pork Bun
Photo: South China Morning Post

The said company owns more than 1,300 outlets in Hong Kong and other parts of the world; it is also a Hong Kong licensee of a variety of foreign catering brands, including Starbucks, Shake Shack, and Yoshinoya.