A Barnsley takeaway has been fined over £4,000 for substituting lamb with cheaper beef meat in a curry.
Barnsley Magistrates Court heard that a trading standards officer for Barnsley Council visited Rajas, Summer Lane, on 25 July 2016. A lamb saag was purchased and analysed by trading standards. It was found to contain entirely beef.
At a hearing on Thursday 17 August 2017, Rajas Cuisine Limited was charged under the food safety legislation with misleading customers by providing a different meat to the type demanded and false advertising.
The defendant pleaded guilty to the charges and was fined £2,000 plus £1,986 costs and a £170 victim surcharge, totalling £4,156.
Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “Food businesses need to make sure the 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.
"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 on 01226 772468.