Armaans Restaurant pleads guilty to 'food fraud'

Tuesday 25 July

Mr Vasim Iqbal, owner of Armaans Restaurant & Takeaway of Bradford Road, Dewsbury, WF13 2HD appeared before Huddersfield Magistrates Court on 12th July 2017 where he pleaded guilty to offences under the Food Safety Act 1990.

He was fined £500 with a £50 surcharge, and he was ordered to pay £500 costs. 

On 21st March 2016, following previous concerns regarding illegal meat substitution at the premises an Officer from West Yorkshire Trading Standards visited Armaans. The Officer placed an order for a Lamb Balti, which was advertised on the trader’s standard menu.

The meal was collected by the Officer and subsequently submitted to and analysed by the Public Analyst. The analysis determined that the meat used in the lamb balti was actually beef.  The sample was not of the nature demanded within the meaning of Section 14 of the Food Safety Act 1990.

In addition, Mr Iqbal was requested to produce details his suppliers of meat, however he failed to do so.  

David Lodge, Head of Trading Standards said:

“Consumers rightly expect to get what they pay for. This takeaway made substitutions seemingly to save money, without informing the customer. Trading Standards will continue to take action against takeaways or restaurants committing food fraud and flouting the law.”

Councillor Pauline Grahame, of the West Yorkshire Joint Services Committee which oversees the work of Trading Standards, said “Takeaways must take steps to ensure all menu descriptions accurately reflect the dishes they serve. The mis-description of food whether verbally or in writing is an offence and samples are taken to identify those businesses failing to comply with the law.”

If anyone suspects that their restaurant or takeaway meal is incorrectly described please contact Trading Standards, via the Citizens Advice Bureau on 03454 040506 to report the matter.