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Restaurant is fined £10,000 for peanuts in no-nuts dish

A TAKEAWAY restaurant has been fined more than £10,000 after serving peanuts to a customer who suffers from a severe nut allergy.

Stacey Howton ordered food through takeaway service Just Eat and requested chicken soya noodles for her friend but warned she was allergic to nuts.

A court heard that, despite receiving the note about the allergy, the information was not passed on to the kitchen at Koh Thai Tapas in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Prosecutor Syan Ventom said as soon as Ms Howton’s friend ate her first mouthful she had an allergic reaction and realised the dish contained nuts.

She suffered stomach pains, swollen lips and a swollen tongue.

Koh Thai Tapas, which has now closed its restaurant in Salisbury and opened a new one in Bournemouth, admitted selling the noodles with peanuts in them. The company was fined £10,722 by Swindon magistrates.

Mr Ventom said: ‘The Just Eat receipt included information on it that the meal she ordered was for someone with a peanut allergy.

‘The restaurant received that but the information was not conveyed to the kitchen. Thankfully, they only suffered a mild reaction.’

After the hearing, Jerry Wickham, cabinet member for public protection at Wiltshire council, said: ‘The fine illustrates the severity with which this case was viewed by us and the magistrates.

‘The customer was remarkably lucky they did not lose their life, as has happened in other cases.’