Iceland fined over raw chicken curry
ICELAND supermarket has been fined £20,000 for selling a microwave meal containing raw chicken.
The tikka balti curry was still on the shelves at their Norbury branch two months after the company tried to recall it.
Despite receiving complaints that the food did not defrost in the time indicated on the box, the ready meal remained on sale and was bought by customer Luke Driver in May.
He complained to Croydon Council that the chicken was still raw even though he followed the instructions and re-heated it for the required time.
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Six weeks earlier the company had issued a recall of the product after a complaint from Haringey Council.
Croydon Crown Court heard how the store manager failed to remove the curry from sale despite receiving an e-mailed instruction to do so. He has since been sacked.
His error was then missed by the area manager, whose responsibility it was to ensure company guidelines were followed.
Iceland pleaded guilty to breaching food safety regulations and Michelle Brown, defending, said the company were genuinely sorry for the mistake.
Recorder Andrew Baillie ordered Iceland to pay £5,500 costs in addition to the fine.