Takeaway fined for faking ‘lamb’ in curry

A picture of a curry dish
A picture of a curry dish

A Doncaster takeaway has been fined after it was found to be using a mixture of cheaper meats and attempting to pass them off as lamb.

The discovery was made at Taj Mahal Restaurant, on Hall Gate in Doncaster, after an officer from the council’s Environmental Health Food Safety Team visited in 2014 to carry out routine food sampling.

The takeaway was found to be substituting lamb for a mixture of beef and chicken in its Lamb Korma.

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At a hearing at Doncaster Magistrate’s Court the company which operates the restaurant, Spicy Food Restaurant Limited, pleaded guilty to meat substitution and was fined £3,000. The company was also ordered to pay £1,132.77 costs and a victim surcharge of £120.

Cabinet member for Enforcement, Coun Chris McGuinness, said: “It is vitally important that customers know what they are getting when they order food from a restaurant or takeaway, and this case emphasises that we will not tolerate any local businesses trying to deceive customers.

“We have a zero tolerance approach to this kind of crime and I am pleased that the business owner will have learnt their lesson from this incident.”

Spicy Food Restaurant Limited pleaded guilty to Exposure for sale of misleadingly labelled food.