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Court ruling puts chill on frozen food in restaurants

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Italy’s highest court is sending a strong message to restaurants: Serve fresh food or tell patrons the carbonara came from the freezer. 

Some restaurants in this country known for rich, fresh food have been caught serving reheated frozen meals to maximize on profits, a practice judges at the Court of Cassation ruled on Monday will now come with a hefty fine and/or jail time if restauranteurs don’t explicitly state the food has been reheated, The Local news website reported on its Italian news feed.

The case was related to a Milan eatery that was fined €200 ($230) for failing to inform customers that the food served wasn't fresh, the site reported. A lower court had accused the chef of “commercial fraud after a restaurant inspection revealed the freezers to be fully stocked, despite there being no mention of frozen food on the menu,” according to The Local.