Egg in rice for al­lergy cus­tomer

Western Mail - - NEWS - PHILIP DEWEY Re­porter philip.dewey@waleson­

ACHI­NESE restau­rant in Cardiff faces a ma­jor fine af­ter it sold rice con­tain­ing egg de­spite be­ing told it was for a per­son with an egg al­lergy.

Di­rec­tors of the Happy Gath­er­ing restau­rant in Cow­bridge Road East, Can­ton, ap­peared at Cardiff Mag­is­trates’ Court yes­ter­day and pleaded guilty to a trad­ing stan­dards of­fence.

The court heard that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched by Cardiff coun­cil’s food safety de­part­ment to as­sess food providers and their abil­ity to ex­clude cer­tain foods from their recipes when asked to do so.

On Jan­uary 17, 2017, of­fi­cers made a re­quest for spe­cial fried rice from Happy Gath­er­ing with a note ask­ing for egg to be omit­ted from the meal due to the buyer hav­ing an egg al­lergy.

When the rice was an­a­lysed it was found to con­tain 88mg of egg white pro­tein.

The restau­rant was then vis­ited by of­fi­cers who spoke to the man­agers to ex­plain their obli­ga­tions when it came to their cus­tomers’ al­lergy needs.

Another test was pur­chased on May 2, 2017, with an or­der made for spe­cial fried rice with­out egg, due to the cus­tomer hav­ing an egg al­lergy.

When this was tested the rice was found to con­tain egg white pro­tein of 20mg.

At the court hear­ing, the di­rec­tor of Or­chard Falls Ltd, which owns Happy Gath­er­ing, Kin Wai Chan, pleaded guilty on be­half of the com­pany to op­er­at­ing a food busi­ness which placed un­safe food on the mar­ket.

Dis­trict Judge Bod­fan Jenk­ins ad­journed the case for sen­tenc­ing at the same court on Au­gust 3.

> Happy Gath­er­ing in Cardiff

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