Published Wednesday, 10th April 2019

Yesterday, [9 April 2019] York Magistrates ordered Shahi Tandoori, York, to pay a total of £14,732.51 after breaching food allergy health and safety regulations.

Mohammed Abdul Alim (aged 50 of Grosvenor Road, Bradford) is the sole owner of Shahi Tandoori takeaway, Nunnery Lane, York, and failed to adhere to an allergy warning from a customer.

The customer placed an order via the ‘Just Eat’ app on 15 March 2018 and declared an allergy to both peanuts and hazelnuts, on behalf of her partner, during the order process.

Mr Alim, who had received the order, called the customer to determine whether there were any allergies to coconut or almond, when the customer confirmed that the allergies were peanuts and hazelnuts.

After receiving the food, the customer’s partner began to experience a change in breathing, swollen lips and itchy hives across the arms and torso, which resulted in treatment in A&E.

Following a report submitted to Just Eat and City of York Council, remains of the meal were retained and tested, and all food dishes ordered were found to contain peanut.

Council environmental health officers visited Shahi Tandoori on 4 April 2018, where it was apparent that ingredients with nut allergy warnings were used.

Mr Alim was interviewed under caution 29 August 2018, where he couldn’t offer an explanation why the meal ordered on 15 March 2018 contained peanut.

The premises had previously been subject to a test purchase by City of York Council officers in January 2015, during which Shahi Tandoori failed due to peanut being supplied contrary to the order request.

Mr Alim pleaded guilty to two food safety charges  at York Magistrates Court and was ordered to pay a £9,000 fine and a £170 court surcharge in addition to £5,562.51 prosecution costs.

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