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23 February 2011, 12:04
A fast food franchise in Peterborough has been fined for selling a children's meal containing a piece of metal.
Peterborough City Council prosecuted Edamy Ltd which operates the fast food franchise at Eye Green, Peterborough.
At a hearing at Peterborough Magistrates' Court on Tuesday 15 February 2011 Edamy Ltd pleaded guilty to selling unsafe food and was fined £5,000.
The business was also ordered to pay £4,300 costs which were awarded to the city council.
Following an investigation by city council environmental health officers it was thought that the metal found in the child’s meal was a stud that had come from equipment on the premises.
Officers are satisfied that improvements have been made following the incident which occurred in April 2010.
Councillor Peter Hiller, cabinet member for housing, neighbourhoods and planning, said: "The public have a right to expect that the food they buy in Peterborough is safe to eat and we take complaints about unsafe food very seriously."
On this occasion a young child almost choked on a foreign object.
The child and their family were obviously very distressed by the incident but fortunately the child was not harmed."
Principal environmental health officer Samantha Olive said: "All food businesses have a duty to make sure that food they prepare or sell is not contaminated and is safe to eat."
I am pleased to say that following our investigation we have worked with the business to ensure steps have been taken to avoid an incident like this happening again."