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.
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.