LONDON: The chef of an Indian restaurant in the U.K. was fined over £2,300 for serving a chicken kurma curry with peanuts while claiming it was nut-free.
Bangladesh-origin Mohammed Uddin of Masala Indian Cuisine in Grimsby in east England pleaded guilty to selling the contaminated dish, which contained 6.8 mg of peanuts, enough to endanger allergy sufferers.
The 44-year-old claimed he could not explain how the peanut had ended up in the curry but accepted there had been cross-contamination, The Grimsby Telegraph reported. Prosecutor Marcus Hirst told the court earlier this week that in January 2016, a test carried out by North East Lincolnshire Council’s Trading Standards revealed that a dish sold at the restaurant had traces of peanut.
A food check also carried out by Trading Standards just two months later also returned adverse results.
“The sample was sent away for analysis…the dish provided at least 6.8 mg of peanuts. Anything above 5 mg could result in reaction for a high-risk individual,” Mr. Hirst said.