Pizzeria worker held after suspected rat poison found in cheese, police say

Ricky Lee Adami, 59, was on Wednesday arrested for allegedly putting rat poison in the cheese at a North Carolina pizza restaurant.

(Fayetteville Police Department)

A North Carolina restaurant employee was on Wednesday arrested, accused of putting a substance believed to be rat poison in the grated cheese to be used on pizzas, authorities said.

Police say surveillance video shows a worker putting rat poison in the cheese shredder.

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Ricky Lee Adami, 59, was charged with the distribution of food with toxic/harmful material and was held on $100,000 secured bond, police said in a press release.

A manager at Primo Pizza is located in Fayetteville noticed the unknown substance when he was mixing the cheese, ask him to check surveillance video to see who had prepared the pizza topping, according to police.

The manager then called the authorities, who collected all the contaminated cheese for any could be served to customers.

Adami has a criminal past, including multiple DUI convictions, as well as larceny and burning a public building, the Fayetteville Observer reported.


Benjamin Brown is a reporter from Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.

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