Gildersome curry house fined over ostrich meat

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A Gildersome restaurant owner has been fined after being found to be serving the wrong kind of meat.

A complaint was made against Elamis Restaurant on Finkle Lane, Gildersome, in May last year, resulting in an officer from Trading Standards visiting.

The officer placed an order for an Ostrich Nirala curry. However, when analysed by the West Yorkshire Public Analyst, the results revealed that the meat was actually lamb.

Managing Director of the restaurant, Mohammad Moklus Ali, was interviewed by officers regarding the alleged offence and he said he thought the reason for the result was a mix up by the chef using the wrong meat.

However, no invoices or receipts were produced to officers to prove he had ever purchased ostrich meat.

The Food Safety Act 1990 makes it a criminal offence to mislead consumers about the food they buy. It is a legal requirement to accurately describe food that is being sold.

Ali was fined £600, ordered to pay £2,125 costs and £60 victim surcharge at Leeds Magistrates Court on Friday.

Anyone who has a legitimate concern that meat substitution is happening in their local takeaway or restaurant, is urged to contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 040506.