Lancashire restaurant owner fined £3,000 for food safety offences

The owner of the Rivaj of India restaurant in Wrightington has been fined £3,000 after pleading guilty to food safety offences. This comes after after peanut proteins were discovered in food described as nut free.

Owner Badrul Alom appeared in front of Preston magistrates following an investigation by Lancashire Trading Standards and Environmental Health officers, the Chorley Guardian has reported.

Officers found traces of peanut protein in meals and ingredients tested in late 2016 and early 2017.

Alom was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge and £1,625.62 in costs after pleading guilty to three food safety offences and three counts of supplying dishes not being of the nature demanded by the purchaser.

Claire Box, Principal Trading Standards officer for Lancashire County Council, told magistrates: “What makes this case particularly of concern is the fact that the issue of allergens was raised with the restaurant by Environmental Health in November 2016 before Trading Standards’ involvement, and then also specifically mentioned by the test purchaser when the food order was made in December 2016.

She continued “Yet still the defendant failed to take the necessary steps to ensure the finished product was nut free. These failures could have had a much more serious conclusion if a person with a peanut allergy had then consumed the food.”