Ice on the side? Florida Japanese restaurant closes its doors after soy sauce tests positive for methamphetamine

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Ice on the side?  Florida Japanese restaurant closes its doors after soy sauce tests positive for methamphetamine

Things might be getting too exciting in Florida. A Japanese steakhouse in the US state was designated after seven patrons of the restaurant were poisoned with methamphetamine last month. After over a month of scrutiny and bad press, the restaurant has sadly closed its doors permanently.

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Florida Steakhouse soy sauce tests positive for methamphetamine; the restaurant closes

Meth found in soy sauce at Florida Japanese restaurantUnsplash

The seven patrons who became ill were reportedly eating at one of the restaurant’s Hibachi tables. After having eaten there, the client had to be hospitalized. On closer testing, it was found that they had tested positive for methamphetamine. Three of the seven people approached the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office through their attorneys seeking answers.

The Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation into Nikko Japanese Steak and Sushi Bar in Pace, Florida, shortly thereafter. Leftover food and patrons were tested for narcotics and tested positive.

After some police work, they discovered that the methamphetamine was mixed with the soy sauce, which was bottled and packaged. The incident caused the restaurant to temporarily close its doors. They opened up again after a while.

Meth found in soy sauce at Florida Japanese restaurantUnsplash

However, the restaurant officially announced its closure in a Facebook post. The restaurant owner mentioned in the post how he had been “viciously harassed, on a daily basis, by various media outlets, which have slandered and defamed every aspect of our business.”

Not only the owner but also the employees were constantly contacted via their private and official contacts. The owner added: “We have been vetted, searched and questioned while fully cooperating at all times.”

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But it wasn’t the questions and suspicions of the police that led the restaurant to close its doors; It was the constant jabs from the media that put the last nail in the coffin.

The owner noted: “Today, a family-owned and operated business is closed, and 20 employees are out of work, all due to the power of social media.”

Who did it?

After careful investigation of the case, the Sheriff’s Office decided not to press charges against the restaurant. Despite several employees pointing the finger at a worker they thought had contaminated the food, a lack of evidence halted the investigation.

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