Irish takeaway shut down over 'rancid' meat discovery
A judge has ordered the closure of an Indian takeaway because of an "imminent risk to health" after "rancid" kebab meat was allegedly found on the premises.
District Judge Liam McNally granted a closure order at Coleraine Magistrates Court yesterday regarding the 'Eastern Tandoori' in Dungiven, Co Derry.
An environmental health officer told the court he visited the premises last Thursday and "found several major contraventions" of hygiene legislation.
He said there was a tub containing "rancid" kebab meat along with another "mouldy" tub.
The officer said the premises was "dirty" and a lack of hot water meant there were issues about cleanliness.
He told the court he served an emergency prohibition notice because of the "imminent risk to health" and returned to the premises on Friday saying he would be going to court on Monday to seek a closure order and that he informed the owner he had the opportunity to be present in court to make counter submissions.
No representative from the business, nor a legal representative on their behalf, were present at the court.
The officer said he had brought the food he had seized to a Justice of the Peace on Friday who had confirmed the meat was unfit and a 'Condemnation Order' was made regarding the food.
District judge McNally said he was satisfied the closure order should be made.