A Barnsley takeaway has been ordered to pay fines and costs totalling over £4,000 for substituting lamb with cheaper beef meat in a curry.
At a hearing on Thursday 21 March 2019, Barnsley Magistrates Court heard that a member of the Barnsley Council’s Trading Standards team visited Umars, Laithes Lane, Athersley, on 25 April 2018 and purchased two lamb kormas, following a complaint received regarding the meat used in their lamb curries.
The curries were sent away for analysis and were found to contain entirely beef.
At the hearing, Mr. Mahmood Khan, of Moorlands Road, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, Food Business Operator of Umars, was charged under food safety legislation with misleading customers by providing different meat to the type demanded.
The defendant pleaded guilty to the charges and was fined £2,500 plus £1,650 costs and a £170 victim surcharge, a total of £4,320.
Julia Burrows, Director of Public Health at Barnsley Council, said: “Food business operators need to ensure descriptions applied to the food they sell are accurate.
“People rely on descriptions when choosing what to eat. Some people want to avoid eating certain foods and everyone needs to know what ingredients are being used in the food that they purchase.
"Substituting lamb with beef is, unfortunately, becoming more widespread. It isn’t fair to consumers or honest traders, and we will not hesitate to take legal action where necessary.”
Anyone worried about food fraud should contact the council's regulatory services team on 01226 773555.