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Noma Gets Hygiene Check After Diarrhea Hits Best Eatery

March 08, 2013

Noma Gets Hygiene Check After Diarrhea Hits World’s Best Eatery

A staff member lights a candle outside Noma restaurant in Copenhagen. Photographer: Keld Navntoft/AFP via Getty Images

Sixty-three guests became sick after eating last month at Noma, the Copenhagen restaurant that charges $440 for its food and wine menu and that was voted the world’s best eatery, Danish health authorities said.

Guests from 12 dinner parties over a four-day period experienced diarrhea and vomiting, and staff also reported illness, the national health inspection agency said in a report published on its website. The restaurant said in the report it was taking measures to correct issues raised by inspectors.

Noma, which specializes in Nordic foods and has served dishes such as poached sea urchin and powdered cucumber, was in April named the world’s best restaurant for the third straight year, in voting organized by Restaurant magazine. Health inspectors said in the report Noma failed to react in time to e- mails from dinner guests and one of its kitchen workers who reported they had fallen ill.

“We acknowledge that the internal procedures haven’t been good enough and because of busyness, employees didn’t check e- mails,” the report quoted Noma as saying.

The report didn’t mention any sanctions on the restaurant, whose 20-serving menu, including wine, costs 2,500 kroner ($440). Noma will have to pay for a follow-up check, the report said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Christian Wienberg in Copenhagen at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Tasneem Brogger at

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