Employee accused of putting rat poison in cheese at North Carolina pizza place

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- An employee at a restaurant in Fayetteville, North Carolina is accused of putting rat poison in shredded cheese that was used on pizzas being prepared in the shop, according to police.

Detectives have arrested Ricky Lee Adami, 55, and charged him with distributing food containing noxious/deleterious material.

An investigation revealed that a Primo Pizza manager was preparing pizza when he observed an unknown substance mixed with the shredded cheese.

Ricky Lee Adami

The manager immediately stopped preparing pizza and reviewed surveillance footage to determine who prepared the shredded cheese.

The footage showed Adami was preparing the cheese when he placed an unknown substance into the cheese shredder machine.

The manager contacted police and all contaminated cheese was identified and collected prior to being served to any customers.

Adami is being held at a local detention center on a $100,000 secured bond.


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