Company fined for supplying Chesterfield takeaway with ‘lamb’ kebab meat which was cheap chicken

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A company has been fined more than £6,000 for supplying doner kebab meat to a Chesterfield takeaway labelled as containing 70 per cent lamb but found to include less than one per cent.

The takeaway business unknowingly sold the doner kebab meat to customers, advertising it as lamb on their menu.

It was later analysed and found to made up of predominately mechanically recovered chicken, with some minor beef and sheep meat components.

Derbyshire County Council trading standards officers successfully prosecuted the Good Food Company (North East) Limited.

The company, based in Peterlee, County Durham, pleaded guilty at Chesterfield Magistrates Court to an offence under the Food Safety Act 1990 and was fined £6,667 and ordered to pay costs of £5,227.

The court heard that the company had listed the ingredients of the meat to the takeaway as containing 70 per cent lamb, 10 per cent poultry and 10 per cent beef.

Analysts showed that it contained less than one per cent of lamb, and the majority of the product was made up of mechanically recovered chicken, which is cheaper, and cannot be legally classed as meat.

Magistrates told the company that they were ‘revolted’ by the findings and that the public should expect to get what they had paid for.

Coun Dave Allen, Derbyshire Council’s cabinet member for health and communities, said: “This is a shocking case and I am not surprised that Magistrates said they were revolted by what they heard.

“Our trading standards officers regularly carry out these checks on food businesses, making sure that customers are getting what they are paying for and what they are expecting.

“In this case, the customer was badly let down, as was the takeaway business that was unwittingly selling what it genuinely believed to be lamb meat.

“After the national horsemeat scandal we are working harder than ever to ensure customers are protected and this successful prosecution shows that businesses that do this will pay the price.”