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Former Central Florida Cook Sentenced For Poisoning Sauce at Restaurant

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    Former Central Florida Cook Sentenced For Poisoning Sauce at Restaurant
    Polk County Sheriff's Office

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    • 54-year-old Margarito Padilla pleaded no contest to introducing a chemical into a food or drink, as part of a deal with prosecutors.

    • Surveillance video that showed Padilla access a container of poisonous drain cleaner and then head to the area where sauces was kept.

    • The owner had checked the video after tasting the sauce during a routine inspection and immediately feeling his mouth burn.

    A Florida man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for putting deadly plumber's lye into the sauce at a restaurant where he worked.

    The Ledger reported Wednesday that 54-year-old Margarito Padilla pleaded no contest to introducing a chemical into a food or drink, as part of a deal with prosecutors.

    Lakeland police say Padilla was arrested last June after the owner of Hibachi Express watched surveillance video that showed Padilla access a container of poisonous drain cleaner and then head to the area where the Yum Yum Sauce was kept.

    The owner had checked the video after tasting the sauce during a routine inspection and immediately feeling his mouth burn.

    Padilla eventually acknowledged tainting the sauce because he was unhappy about working conditions.

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