Zomato delists bakery amid outrage over death of Punjab girl after eating birthday cake

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New Delhi: Amid massive furore over the tragic death of a 10-year-girl after eating cake on her birthday in Punjab’s Patiala, food delivery app Zomato has removed the cake shop from its platform. The cake was ordered online from a bakery named ‘Cake Kanha’ on March 24 to celebrate the minor girl’s birthday. Zomato also barred the owner of the cake show from operating any entities on the platform in the future.

The girl and all her family members started vomiting and fell ill after eating the cake. The girl died of suspected food poisoning the next morning while the condition of other family members improved, according to a police complaint lodged by the deceased’s mother. A case was registered against the owner of the cake shop.

Deeply shaken up by tragic incident: Zomata

A Zomato spokesperson said as per Business Today, “We are heartbroken and deeply shaken up by the recent tragic incident that happened in Patiala. As soon as we learnt about the incident, which is now under police investigation, we immediately delisted the restaurant from the Zomato platform. We have also debarred the restaurant owner from operating any entity on Zomato. We are extending our complete support to the law enforcement agencies in the matter.”

Case against shop owner

The shop owner was booked under Indian Penal Code sections 273 (sale of noxious drink or food) and 304-A (causing death by negligence). The viscera samples were sent to a laboratory to ascertain the cause of the death.

“The girl’s family visited me on Thursday. I told them to lodge a formal complaint with the police and with the health department. Food teams were instructed to visit the house and collect samples of the cake,” a health official was quoted as saying by PTI. Civil Surgeon Raminder Kaur ordered a probe into the matter.

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