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Takeaway owner fined for food fraud

6 February 2018

A fast food fraudster has been fined after switching kebab meat from lamb to beef, in an effort to cut costs.

Azhar Hussain was ordered by Sheffield Magistrates Court, on 18 January 2018 to pay £1, 440 after being caught selling a lamb kebab which turned out to be beef.

The case was brought by Sheffield City Council Trading Standards officers who visited his takeaway, S1 Food Bar in Fitzalan Square, in November 2016.

Officers, who regularly carry out checks based on intelligence they receive from members of the public, made a test purchase at his takeaway. They specifically chose a meal which was described on the display menu as being made with lamb.

The lamb kebab was taken away for analysis and found to be made of beef. Lamb is more expensive than beef.

Hussain, 63 years old, of Park Grange Mount in Sheffield was prosecuted under the Food Safety Act 1990. The legislation makes it an offence to sell food that is falsely described.

Sheffield City Council typically gets complaints from the public about meat or fish they have bought in takeaways or fish and chip shops.

Councillor Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for Environment and Streetscene said: “Everyone has the right to make sure that they are getting what they order and pay for.

“If people are being short changed then, as in this case, our officers will act upon their concerns.

“The substitution of one meat for another undermines public confidence in the food industry.”

Anyone can report their suspicions or make a complaint by calling 03454 040506 or at, https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/get-more-help/if-you-need-more-help-about-a-consumer-issue/