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Pictures of onion bhaji containing metal screw ordered from Nice and Spicy restaurant, in Lancaster

Inspectors found a raft of other breaches after receiving a complaint about the screw (Picture: SWNS)

A curry house boss has been fined after a customer found a 3cm metal screw lodged inside an onion bhaji.

Nice and Spicy restaurant, in Lancaster, was ordered to pay £15,000 by magistrates after inspectors found seven safety and hygiene breaches.

They paid a visit after receiving a complaint about the screw and found there was building work being done on site which food was not properly protected from.

Lancster Magistrates’ Court heard how ingredients were stored without lidded containers in the dusty and dirty dry store goods area, the construction of which was still unfinished.

The restaurant’s owner, N&S (Lancs) LLP, did not appear in court and was not represented.

Takeaway fined a whopping ?15k after a 3cm long metal screw was found - in an onion bhaji. See SWNS story SWLEscrew; A curry takeaway boss has been ordered to pay ?15,000 after a customer found a 3cm metal SCREW inside an onion bhaji. Magistrates hit Nice and Spicy curry house with a fine after it was charged with the sale of food that was unfit for human consumption. The charge was one of seven breaches of food safety and hygiene rules discovered by health chiefs who inspected the takeaway after receiving a complaint. The takeaway was inspected by environmental health officers after a customer complained they had discovered a 3cm metal screw baked inside an onion bhaji. Magistrates were told that food hygiene inspectors from Lancaster City Council visited the premises in January 2019 and found a number of food hygiene offences. Lancaster Magistrates' Court heard there was building work being done at the premises and food was not adequately protected from contamination.

Not what you expect to find in your Indian takeaway (Picture: SWNS)

But Magistrates agreed to hear the case in its absence and found it guilty of all seven charges.

In addition to the fine the company, registered in Oldham, Greater Manchester, must also pay an £170 victim surcharge and £1,553 costs.

Lancaster City Council director of communities and the environment Mark Davies said: ‘All food businesses have a fundamental duty to their customers to operate their businesses in a responsible way to ensure that the food they provide is prepared in hygienic conditions and is fit for human consumption.’

He said authorities will not hesitate to prosecute restaurants with low food hygiene ratings who can’t demonstrate they are taking steps to improve.

The firm had previously been issued with a written warning after an unannounced inspection revealed similar concerns in November 2018.

The inspecting officer found uncovered ingredients which were at risk of contamination.

 

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