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Ramzy Alwakeel, Senior Reporter
Monday, December 23, 2013
This hardcore stuffed crust gave Havering Council a nailed-on food standards prosecution.
Selling the pizza – which had a metal bolt embedded in its circumference – earnt Romford fast food boss Mehmet Gilgil a bill for £1,850 on Friday.
A council spokesman said the bolt, which was part of the oven at Flames Kebab in North Street, was worth “just a few pence”.
Gilgil pleaded guilty to “selling food not of the nature, substance or quality demanded by the purchaser” at Romford Magistrates’ Court on Friday, having sold the pizza in December last year.
Cabinet member for public protection Cllr Lesley Kelly said: “Selling shoddy products of any kind is not acceptable and is particularly important when preparing food.
“We will always prosecute and seek the highest possible fine to make sure everyone maintains standards in their kitchens.
“This was a cheap bolt that got someone an expensive fine and that should be a lesson to others.”
Gilgil, of North Street, was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £750 costs and a £100 victim surcharge.