Food - Drink
The Unconventional Potato Masher One London Café Was Fined $200K For
By ARIANNA ENDICOTT
Mashed potatoes are a go-to comfort food, and they’ve been enjoyed by humans since as early as the 1600s. Luckily, today we have handy gadgets like mashers, ricers, and handheld mixers that make mashed potatoes that much easier to prepare, however, one London café got a little too creative with their potato masher and was fined $200K for it.
The Doce Bakers and Sweet Mahal bakeries share a kitchen in Edmonton, North London. When inspectors came by to verify that health and safety standards were being met, they found a tennis racket in a bowl with boiled potatoes, evidently having been used to mash the spuds.
The inspectors also found pests, dirty floors, and dirty equipment, resulting in the bakeries being fined £152,823 — roughly $202,588 USD. While it’s technically safe to use a tennis racket to mash potatoes, the strings are chemically treated and it could be harmful if the fibers are frequently ingested.