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Peanut in a curry costs former takeaway owner £1,100

A former restaurant owner has been fined over £1,000 for selling a curry laced with peanuts even though the buyer specifically asked for one without.

It follows a sampling survey carried out by Northumberland Trading Standards last summer of Indian takeaways in the county to see if nuts were included in the meals when the buyer specifically asked for them not to be used.

The former restaurant owner sold a Chicken Korma takeaway which contained peanut.

The meal was sent to the Council's Public Analyst who found it actually had 13mg/kg of peanut which rendered it unsafe for people who are allergic to peanuts.

Nut and peanut allergies can cause a severe reaction called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis may begin with some of the same symptoms as a less severe reaction, but then quickly worsen, leading someone to have trouble breathing, feel lightheaded, or to pass out. If it is not treated quickly, anaphylaxis can be life threatening.

The man pleaded guilty to offences in relation to the Food Safety Act 1990 and Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013. He told the court that he no longer ran the business and had taken up other employment. He was fined £1,100 including costs.

Councillor John Riddle, Northumberland County Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, Housing and Resilience said, “There are around two million people living in the UK with a food allergy and around ten people in the UK die from allergic reactions to food every year due to undeclared allergenic ingredients.”

David Sayer, the Council’s Business Compliance and Public Safety Unit Manager said: “Caterers have to take issues around allergens seriously and consumers must remember to tell staff about their allergy when ordering food because even very small amounts of an allergen can lead to illness or even death in extreme cases.”

Any caterer with concerns about allergenic ingredients should visit the Food Standards Agency website at www.food.gov.uk or contact Trading Standards on  01670 623870.

Customers who have bought food that they are concerned about should contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.
 
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