“Health officials in Zurich, Switzerland were forced to put the kibosh on a local eatery’s specialty pizza dish when they learned the showcase ingredient: Poison,” according to The Huffington Post.

“Owner Ismail Ertekin recently invented the pizza, which featured a topping made from the poisonous venom of spiders, scorpions and snakes and had been sold at his restaurant, Avanti.

Ertekin, who allegedly got the poisons from homeopathic remedies, told Austrian Times that “Preservatives in foods are much more damaging than my poison pizzas.”

“They were really popular, especially with people who have a phobia of spiders or snakes,” he continued. “They used the pizza as a way to get over their fears.”

Orange News reports that officials began an investigation soon after the pie was introduced. Environmental health officer Ferdinand Uehli told the publication that “Medicinal products are not food stuffs and are not allowed to be an ingredient in food. Therefore we had to ban the pizzas. The pizza in reality contained very little poison.”

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