Leeds restaurant boss fined for putting lamb in ‘ostrich’ curry

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A restaurateur has been fined after he was caught serving up lamb to customers who ordered ostrich.

A diner who had been to Elamis Indian restaurant in Gildersome contacted West Yorkshire Trading Standards after becoming suspicious that the ostrich nirala they had ordered contained a different meat.

A trading standards officer posed as a customer at the Finkle Lane business last May before taking a sample for analysis.

Described on the menu as ‘thin slices of marinated ostrich, low in calories’, the dish was found instead to consist entirely of lamb.

Restaurant boss Mohammad Ali, 35, of Chelmsford Terrace, Bradford, was unable to provide invoices showing that he had purchased any genuine ostrich.

He pleaded guilty to selling food that wasn’t of the substance described – an offence under the Food Safety Act.

Leeds magistrates today fined him £600 and ordered him to pay £2,125 in legal costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Trevor Gray, principal food officer for trading standards, said: “It’s impossible for us to know how many people had actually bought this product because he doesn’t keep records, but we suspect he had been misdescribing the dish for some time.”

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