80-Pound Iguana Discovered Hiding In Florida Pizza Restaurant

If you thought pineapple on pizza was a controversial discussion, a Florida pizzeria has opened a whole new can of worms, as a dead 80-pound iguana was found in a freezer after a health inspection.

West Palm Beach's Pizza Mambo was forced to shut down for a day, after an inspection by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation revealed numerous violations.

According to the report, which was obtained by Newsweek, the iguana was found in a chest freezer per the report. The reptile was included in the "Stop Sale Order" section of the report. Don't worry though, pepperoni-iguana pizza is not included on Pizza Mambo's online menu. Other items listed on the form included pudding, beans, and an orange.

The stop sale report included that there was no way to verify where iguana came from. "Iguana about 80 lbs in chest freezer next to Office received from unapproved source/friend, no invoice provided to verify source," the inspectors comments of the report read.

A Pizza Mambo employee told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that the iguana was given to the owner as a gift, intended to be eaten in the future. It was in a different freezer, away from the food, and tossed once the owner learned it was a violation.

Newsweek tried to call Pizza Mambo, but the restaurant was closed and its voicemail was full. Newsweek sent an SMS notification via the voicemail but did not receive a response.

It's unclear what type of iguana was stored in the freezer, but certain types of non-native green iguanas are considered invasive to Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has given people permission to remove them from their land with the property owners' permissions, according to a statement.

While the iguana was the most eyebrow-raising violation, the other items included in the report were more disgusting, but unfortunately all the more common. The report included that the "owner can not tell when the food was prepared" and food items were not properly marked and dated. Other food items were found to be moldy or having "mold-like growth." Other violations included lack of certain types of sanitizer and employees washing hands in places other than approved handwash sinks, "Cook washed hands in a bucket with soap" for example.

Other violations included that fish were recreationally caught. "[O]perator states he eats the fish," the report included in a warning.

The report also noted that Pizza Mambo was operating with an expired Division of Hotels and Restaurants license. The pizzeria's license expired on December 1, 2019.

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An iguana is seen as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission continues its efforts to try and control the invasive species on March 13, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty