A Derby city centre restaurant has been ordered to pay thousands of pounds in costs after selling “unsafe food” to a customer with a nut allergy.
The New Masala restaurant, in Curzon Street, must pay out £7,000 within 28 days after a woman had to be taken to hospital after consuming its food, despite telling the restaurant she had an allergy when ordering food over the telephone.
According to court documents, the incident dates back to July last year when the woman ordered a vegetable korma but requested a “nut free meal” due to allergens.
However, court documents state the vegetable korma contained “16,000mg/kg of peanuts” and the woman as a result suffered an allergic reaction and became ill.
After receiving a complaint from the customer, a Trading Standards officer ordered the same meal from the restaurant, requesting that it should be made without peanuts.
When the meal arrived, the restaurant was made aware that they were from Trading Standards and samples were taken from the food.
When the samples were analysed, peanuts were found.
Today, the director of the restaurant Abdul Shahid appeared at Southern Derby and Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court to answer Trading Standards charges against him and New Masala for selling food not of the nature, substance or quality demanded by the purchaser and complaint for a civil order.
Magistrates said they heard “strong mitigation” from Mr Shahid and said they were “impressed” by his and the company’s swift actions to remedy the situation.
The chairman of the magistrates said: “We’ve heard this morning about this unfortunate incident which caused a lot of stress and upset for a member of the public.
“We’ve looked long and hard on how we can deal with you and how to deal with your company and we’ll be giving you full credit for the early guilty plea.
“We’ve heard very strong mitigation in your defence and were quite impressed over the swift actions from the company and yourself once the issues were identified, but at the end of the day but we do have to punish for this.”
The restaurant was ordered to pay a fine of £2,000 with a further £5,000 to pay in costs.
The director of the restaurant Abdul Shahid, of Salisbury Street, Derby must also pay £1,354 in costs for his part in the incident.
Derbyshire Live has attempted to contact the restaurant.