A Chinese restaurant in Italy has been accused of serving human feet after a waiter posted a photo online – allegedly taken in the kitchen – on social media.
The employee posted the gruesome picture on Facebook after a group of friends from Slovenia asked for the Chinese delicacy of bear paws at the restaurant in Padua in northern Italy.
The waiter, who has not been named, claims his picture were the ‘bear paws’ that he served.
Bear paws are considered a rare and ancient delicacy in Chinese cuisine.
A social media user reported the photo to the police and food standards officials, who inspected the restaurant and found no trace of bear meat.
But they did find 55 pounds of meat and frozen fish of doubtful origin, dirt and grease all over the refrigerators, on the floors and on the oven, according to reports.
Packages of frog legs and crab meat were reportedly found to be well beyond their expiry dates.
Police have consulted a forensic pathologist about the pictured feet.
They concluded they were not from a bear but investigations continue as to whether they were human.
The restaurant’s legal status and whether it is still open are unclear.