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Ross-on-Wye restaurant and company director fined for supplying food which was “injurious to health”

Fewali Limited, trading as ‘Yaks ‘n’ Yetis’ restaurant in Ross-on-Wye, and restaurant director Mr Prakash Gurung (54, from Brookend Street, Ross-on-Wye), have been fined a total of £1945 after pleading guilty to supplying unsafe food which was injurious to health in a case taken to Hereford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 16 October 2018.

A member of the public visited Yaks ‘n’ Yetis in August 2017. The customer, who had coeliac disease, asked the waitress whether her meal contained gluten and she was advised that it did not contain gluten. She subsequently fell very ill after eating the meal, and later reported the incident to Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards.

Trading Standards officers visited Yaks ‘n’ Yetis in October 2017 and ordered the same meal as the customer who reported the incident. The meal was then sampled and sent to a Public Analyst laboratory, which found the meal contained 179 parts per million of gluten in the sample. Meals must have less than 20 parts per million to be classified as ‘gluten free’.

A full inspection was subsequently carried out by Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards and Environmental Health team in December 2017. Officers found that ingredients had been decanted into plain jars so kitchen staff did not know what the product was and which ingredients they contained. There were also no details of allergens within the ingredients and the food hygiene rating was reduced from 5 to 3 due to general hygiene and food safety management issues.

Marc Willimont, Herefordshire Council’s Acting Assistant Director for Regulation, Environment and Waste, said:

“Accurate food labelling has been high profile in the news recently, and food business operators must take full responsibility to ensure accurate allergen information is clearly listed in their foods as the consequences of mislabelling can be life threatening. Businesses should also take steps to avoid cross contamination of foods, and ensure that their staff are trained on the potential dangers posed by communicating incorrect allergen information.”

Any customers concerned about food labelling at Herefordshire restaurants are urged to contact Trading Standards: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/trading-standards

Published: Friday, 19th October 2018