Belfast Restaurant Fined As Customer Hospitalised

A Belfast restaurant has been fined after a customer suffered an anaphylactic reaction when eating a slice of pizza they had been advised was safe for nut allergies.

The Belfast Wood Fired Pizza Company Limited, trading on the Lisburn Road, was sentenced at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Friday 08 November after pleading guilty to a complaint of placing food that was deemed unsafe and considered injurious to health to a specific category of consumers on the market.
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The company also pleaded guilty to a complaint of failing to provide information on an allergenic ingredient, namely cashew nuts, on a vegan cheese pizza product.

The pizza restaurant was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £71. The company was also ordered to pay compensation of £2,500 to the injured party.

The prosecution was taken by Belfast City Council after it received a complaint that a member of the public had suffered an anaphylactic reaction after eating a slice of vegan cheese pizza produced by the company.

The person had asked at the time of purchase if there were cashew nuts in the pizza and had been advised there were not. The person, who is allergic to cashew nuts, was hospitalised as a result of the adverse effects of eating the pizza.


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