Kitchen refurb ends in £6k fine for takeaway

The owner of a takeaway in East London has received a £6,000 fine after a customer crunched on a three-inch drill bit while eating a chicken kebab.

Top Kebab/Pizza Top was hauled before Romford Magistrates Court after the customer contacted Havering Council about the incident and registered a complaint with the environmental health team.

Investigations found that the Hornchurch establishment was undergoing repair works and that electrical equipment, screw drivers and decorating materials were scattered around the kitchen.

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Screws and other drill bits were also discovered in a drawer close to containers used for food orders.

Fortunately the customer did not swallow the drill bit or damage his teeth.

Owner Nehmatullah Jamalzadah was fined £6,000 for breaking food safety laws, including £1,556 costs, a victim surcharge of £120 and compensation of £50.

Councillor Osman Dervish, cabinet member for regulatory services, told the Evening Standard: “While on this occasion the customer did not come to any harm, this is a very serious breach of the law, which we will not tolerate.

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