Preston noodle bar fined for misleading diners about what was in food

SHELLING OUT: Wok to Eat's co-owner was fined over mistake
SHELLING OUT: Wok to Eat's co-owner was fined over mistake
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A takeaway has been prosecuted over misleading customers about ingredients in a seafood dish.

The same noodle bar had previously been warned by Lancashire Trading Standards after one of its chefs “could not tell the difference between a king prawn and a normal prawn”, magistrates heard.

Wok 2 Eat, on Market Street, Preston, was prosecuted after officers found faults, following a customer complaint about a dish.

Co-owner Paul Milner, 50, of Cairnsmore Avenue, Preston, was summonsed to Preston Magistrates’ Court, where he admitted the firm had sold seafood teryaki which was misleadingly labelled.

He was fined £280, and must pay costs of £1,064 and a £28 surcharge. The dish, described as having king prawns and white fish, was found to contain no white fish and only regular prawns.

Four months earlier, officers had warned about the same dish for the same reason.

Prosecuting, Nick McNamara said a warning was also issued in 2012 during an inspection, when a chef was unable to tell the difference between a king prawn and regular prawn.

He added: “Let’s not forget it was consumers who were losing out here: the price of this dish was £4.95 for a regular serving or £5.50 for a large portion, which to many people is a lot of money.

“In the eyes of consumers, it matters not whether substituting ingredients with cheaper alternatives is carried out intentionally or inadvertently.

“Consumers are entitled to expect the food they ask for is the food they get.”

Defending, Michael Leach said the chef had been dismissed.