Polesworth takeaway risked lives by serving peanut protein in 'peanut-free' curry

Written by on June 13, 2019

A takeaway and its Birmingham chef has been fined for selling a chicken tikka masala containing peanut protein to an undercover customer who asked for a peanut-free curry.

A court heard “someone could have died” as a result of the error at Ratna Bangladeshi Takeaway in Market Street, Polesworth.

The curry was sold to a Warwickshire County Council trading standards officer following a complaint.

Maya Tamworth Ltd, trading as Ratna, and chef Mohammed Salik Miah, aged 45, of Regent Road, Handsworth, both admitted offences under the Food Safety Act 1990 at Nuneaton Magistrates’ Court on May 29.

The court indicated the offence was very serious and had considered a custodial sentence as ““someone could have died”.

Miah was fined £1,236, with costs of £1,057 and victim surcharge of £123, a total of £2,416.

The company was fined £18,000, with costs of £1,057 and a victim surcharge of £170, a total of £19,227.

The court heard the contamination had been accidental and guilty pleas were entered at the first available opportunity.

After the hearing, the council’s community safety boss, Andy Crump, said: “Many of us will be aware of the tragic cases of allergy suffers becoming seriously ill or dying as a result of consuming peanuts in a meal they believed was peanut free.

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“It is very disappointing that, despite the efforts made both here in Warwickshire and across the UK to educate businesses on allergy labelling and information, some restaurants and takeaways are still not heeding the message.

“Warwickshire trading standards will continue to carry out these undercover tests to protect consumers.”

Food businesses requiring advice and information on allergens can contact Warwickshire trading standards on 03454 040506 or go to  www.warwickshire.gov.uk/foodsafety

Consumers with food safety complaints can also contact their local trading standards service on 03454 040506.

 


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