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Taj Mahal Group fined after cockroach is found in meal

Two Dubai restaurants closed down temporarily following discovery of insect in mall food court

Taj Mahal Group fined after cockroach is found in meal
Photo for illustrative purpose. (Anna Zieminski/AFP/Getty Images)

Two Dubai restaurants under the Taj Mahal Group have been shut down temporarily after a diner found a cockroach in his meal, it has been reported.

Dubai Municipality fined owners of Taj Spice and Wok & Spice after a resident found the insect in a chola bhatura dish he ordered from the Taj Spice outlet at a mall food court.

The diner took pictures of the cockroach and filed a complaint with mall management, who called the municipality.

"We were asked to replace our wooden furniture with other material since wood helps gather small cockroaches," a restaurant supervisor told Khaleej Times.

Both outlets will re-open after five working days following a municipality inspection, said the report.

Taj Mahal Group CEO P Venkatesh said in a statement: "We truly regret this unfortunate incident and apologize to our customer who was inconvenienced."

He said management had undertaken "a thorough pest control of all our food handling areas".

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