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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin's Restaurant Failed Food Check

ATHENS -- Health inspectors seized nearly 100 kilograms of bad meat from a restaurant several hours before President Vladimir Putin dined there with the prime ministers of Greece and Bulgaria.

The Hellenic Food Authority said Friday that it carried out the inspection at the Dionysos luxury restaurant under the ancient Acropolis, ahead of Putin's visit for the signing of a 900 million euro ($1.2 billion) oil pipeline deal.

It said it seized 23 kilograms of beef, 76 kilograms of pork and pork cutlets, and 5 kilograms of cheese croquettes. The restaurant faces a 50,000 euro fine.

"We always inspect restaurants and other areas where foreign dignitaries are due to visit," agency director Yiannis Vlemmas said.

The Greek prime minister's office -- not the restaurant -- handled the catering for the leaders' meal Wednesday.

The main course at the meal was fish.