Bar Association chairman Philip Dykes allegedly had a nasty breakfast surprise when his organic cereal proved to be a little too organic.
The plastic jar of cereal from the Great grocery store in Pacific Place contained numerous beetles and larvae, the Eastern Court was told yesterday.
Upon the discovery, the morning after the purchase, Mr Dykes filed a complaint and a case was launched by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department against the A.S. Watson Group (HK), which runs the store.
The department filed a charge of providing 'food not of the nature, substance or quality demanded by the purchaser' against the group, a subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa, under the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance. The group has pleaded not guilty.
Lawyers for the department yesterday presented the prosecution case before Eastern Court Magistrate Eddie Yip Chor-man. The trial resumes on Monday, when the defendant will present its side.
A department spokeswoman said the complainant bought the cereal in October 2003 and found it had 'adults and larvae of beetles'.
Mr Dykes yesterday quipped outside court that the cereal was 'too organic for my liking'.